DEO Press Releases

Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Area Adds More Than 3,000 New Jobs Over the Year

Jul 20, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach area had an increase of 3,300 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was a low 3.9 percent in June, down 0.3 percentage point 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 growth over the year in West Palm Beach was construction with 3,100 new jobs. In June, the West Palm Beach area had 15,911 job openings and of those, 4,490 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs in June.

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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