DEO Press Releases

Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Created 125,100 New Private-Sector Jobs Since Dec. 2010

Dec 21, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Jacksonville area added 10,500 new private-sector jobs in the past year, making the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Jacksonville 125,100 since December 2010. The area’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in November, down 0.7 percentage point in the past year. Statewide, Florida businesses created 23,000 new jobs in November bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to 1,673,500 since December 2010.

To see the statewide job creation information, click here.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Jacksonville area was education and health services with 3,100 new jobs. In November, Jacksonville had 25,914 job openings and of those, 7,588 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs in November.

Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent represents a drop of 7.5 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.6 percentage points. This is while 116,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.1 percent in the past year. Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.3 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent.

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

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