Gov. Scott: Nearly 10K Jobs created in West Palm Beach over August

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach metro area was among the top five metros in the state for total nonagricultural job growth in August 2013, gaining 9,600 jobs over the year. The unemployment rate in the West Palm Beach metro area declined by 1.9 percentage points over the year, from 9.4 percent in August 2012 to 7.5 percent in August 2013.

Governor Scott said, “West Palm Beach area’s positive job growth rate in August with 9,600 new private sector jobs created is further proof that the steps we’re taking to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families is working.”

In August 2013, the West Palm Beach metro area was among the top three metro areas in Florida for gains over the year in professional and business services, education and health services, and other services.

Housing starts were up by 61.0 percent over the year in the West Palm Beach metro area in July 2013. In August 2013, the West Palm Beach metro area ranked sixth in the state for online job demand with 18,187 job openings. The metro area also ranked sixth for demand for STEM occupations with 3,815 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In August, Workforce Alliance, Inc. along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,000 Floridians were placed in jobs. This represents an increase of nearly 12,000 placements over the year from August 2012. 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, 11,967 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 7.0 percent in August 2013, down from 7.1 percent in May, June, and July 2013, and down 4.1 percentage points since December 2010. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent for the sixth consecutive month. Florida has created 365,500 private sector jobs since December 2010.

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