Gov. Scott: Miami Metro Area Job Creation, Housing Starts and Online Job Postings All Increase

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Miami metro area was among the top five areas for nonagricultural job growth in January 2013 compared to the previous January. Since December 2010 the unemployment rate has dropped 2.9 percentage points.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Everything we do is geared toward job creation and since December 2010, businesses created more than 280,000 private sector jobs across Florida, which means IT’S WORKING. With unemployment falling by 2.9 percentage points since December 2010, the Miami metro area is coming back with 33,000 online job openings, and housing starts up by more than 130 percent over the year. That’s great news for job seekers and the construction industry, and means we’re making great progress in growing jobs for Florida families.”

In January 2013, the Miami metro area was among the top five metros in the state for nonagricultural job growth in January 2013, gaining 11,600 jobs over the year. The metro area led the state for gains in financial activities (+3,100 jobs). These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

The Miami metro area had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in February 2013 (33,017 openings) and had the third-highest number of openings for STEM occupations in February 2013 with 6,716 online ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill. Housing starts in the Miami metro area were up over the year (+130.9 percent) in January 2013 (the latest available data) and up over the month (+76.4 percent).

Also in February, South Florida Workforce along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 38,000 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 11,034 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.8 percent, down from the revised December 2012 rate of 7.9 percent and the lowest since November 2008. The state experienced an increase of 14,700 private sector jobs over the month. This increase brings the total number of private sector jobs created since December 2010 to 282,200.

To view the January 2013 monthly employment data, visit:



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