Gov. Scott: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Area Has Highest Job Growth with Over 35,000 New jobs in April

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 35,400 private sector jobs. The MSA also experienced a 1.9 percentage point decline in the unemployment rate over the last year, down to 6.7 percent from 8.6 percent in April 2012. Since December 2010, the metro area’s unemployment rate has declined 4.7 percentage points, dropping from 11.4 percent to 6.7 percent.

Governor Scott said, “The tremendous job growth in the Tampa metro area again demonstrates that our job-creating policies are working. In addition to more than 35,000 new jobs, Forbes recently ranked Tampa as the second best city for young entrepreneurs, and United Airlines’ in-flight magazine will feature Tampa Bay as a thriving region for business. Florida families are getting back to work in the Tampa metro area.”

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA gained the highest number of jobs in April 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 35,400 new jobs.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA led the metro areas in gains in:

  • Education and health services (+9,600 jobs)
  • Professional and business services (+8,800 jobs)
  • Trade, transportation and utilities (+7,700 jobs)
  • Construction (+4,000 jobs)

Housing starts in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area were up in March 2013 over the year (+178 units, +44.1 percent). The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metros in online job demand in April 2013 with 42,718 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for STEM occupations with 10,907 openings in April. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, WorkNet Pinellas and Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance 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:


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