Gov. Scott: The Tampa Area Added 14,300 Jobs Over the Year

Governor Scott said, “In just four years, Florida’s businesses and the hardworking people of our state have created more than 728,000 new jobs. We are on a mission to beat Texas to become the number one state for job creation, and each new job puts us closer to that goal. I applaud Tampa job creators for helping to create 14,300 new jobs over the year in November and look forward to seeing continued growth in the region.”

The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year the metro area were in professional and business services with 7,100 new jobs and trade, transportation, and utilities with 3,600 new jobs. The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in online job demand in December 2014 with 39,900 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) occupations with 11,590 openings in December.

Florida created 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for December 2014 was 5.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the December 2013 rate.

In December, more than 39,600 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards. To view the December 2014 employment data visit


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