DEO Press Releases

Gov. Scott: Southwest Florida Unemployment Rates Remain Low

Jul 20, 2018

NAPLES, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that unemployment rates in Southwest Florida areas have dropped in the past year. The Naples area’s unemployment rate was a low 3.9 percent, 0.3 percentage point less than it was a year ago. Fort Myers’ unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, down 0.4 percentage point in the past year. Additionally, the Fort Myers area had an increase of 2,300 new private-sector jobs in the past year.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 16,900 new jobs in June bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to 1,554,800 since December 2010. To see the statewide job creation information, click here.

The industry with the highest job growth in Naples over the year was construction with 1,200 new jobs. In June, the Naples area had 3,366 online job openings, including 526 for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

The industry with the largest job gains in Fort Myers over the year was trade, transportation, and utilities with 1,500 new jobs. In June, the Fort Myers area had 6,960 online job openings, including 1,221 high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

As of June, Florida’s unemployment rate remained at a low of 3.8 percent, a drop of 7.0 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.3 percentage points. In the past year, 130,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent, which is greater than the national labor force growth rate of 1.2 percent.

To view the June 2018 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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