Gov. Scott: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Gains 30,000 Jobs Over the Year

Tampa Bay MSA Ranks First in Florida for Online JobDemand in March

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced theTampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained the third-highest number of jobs in March 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 30,000 new jobs.The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 7.5 percent in March 2013 to 6.5 percent in March 2014.
Governor Scott said, “Today’s news of job growth and a declining unemployment rate is evidence that it’s working for Florida families in the Tampa area. Let’s keep working to create an opportunity economy in Tampa Bay, where everyone who wants a job can get one.”

The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year were in professional and business services with 9,000 new jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 6,400 new jobs, and manufacturing with 4,100 new jobs and education and health servicesalso with 4,100 new jobs.

The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metros in online job demand in March 2014 with 41,076 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for STEM occupations with 10,465 openings in March.STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In March, CareerSource Tampa Bay, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 40,890 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, 8,617 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for March 2014 was 6.3 percent and the state’s labor force again increased over the month and over the year. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.7 percent in March 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 563,900 private sector jobs.

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