Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area has fourth lowest unemployment rate in the State

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) unemployment rate declined by 1.6 percentage points over the year, from 7.6 percent in April 2012 to 6.0 percent in April 2013. The April 2013 unemployment rate is the lowest since May 2008 when it was 5.9 percent. The Naples-Marco Island MSA had the fourth lowest unemployment rate (6.0 percent) of all metro areas in the state.

Governor Scott said, “The Naples and Marco Island area is experiencing excellent job growth with the addition of 2,400 jobs in April. In addition to a declining unemployment rate of 6.0 percent and Hertz Corporation’s decision to relocate their global headquarters to the area, southwest Florida is thriving and families are getting back to work.”

The MSA saw an increase of 2,400 new nonagricultural, private sector jobs over the year in April 2013.The Naples-Marco Island MSA has experienced positive annual job growth for 35 consecutive months after losing jobs for over three years. The area gained the fifth highest number of construction jobs in April 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 600 new jobs. In April 2013, the metro area was also one of the five metro areas that gained jobs in the information industry over the year and tied with Ocala for the fastest annual job growth rate (+7.1 percent).

In April, Southwest Florida Works along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,300 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, 11,457 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

With the addition of 16,700 private sector jobs over the month, Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 33 consecutive months. This adds up to 330,000 new private sector jobs created in Florida since December 2010.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 percent, down from the March 2013 rate of 7.5 percent and the lowest since September 2008. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.9 percentage points.

To view the April 2013 monthly employment data, visit:

www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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