Gov. Scott: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Area has highest job growth in State with 41,700 new jobs in August

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) led all Florida metro areas in over the year job creation, with a gain of more than 41,700 new jobs. The MSA also experienced a 2.1 percentage point decline last month in the unemployment rate over the last year, down to 7.0 percent from 9.1 percent in August 2012.

Governor Scott said, “Today’s announcement is great news for Tampa families. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent over the year and Tampa- St. Petersburg- Clearwater led Florida in over the year job creation. This is evidence that our pro-growth policies are working to diversify and strengthen our economy.”

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA gained the highest number of jobs in August 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 41,700 new jobs. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA led the metro areas in gains in:

  • Professional and business services (+11,000 jobs)
  • Education and health services (+10,700 jobs)
  • Trade, transportation and utilities (+9,600 jobs)
  • Leisure and hospitality (+6,500 jobs)

The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in online job demand in August 2013 with 43,166 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for STEM occupations with 10,482 openings in August. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In August, WorkNet Pinellas and Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance 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.

To view the August 2013 monthly employment data, visit:


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