DEO Press Releases

Gov. Scott: Southwest Florida Area Created 94,700 New Private-Sector Jobs Since Dec. 2010

Dec 21, 2018

NAPLES, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Naples area added 4,500 new private-sector jobs in the past year, making the total number of new private-sector jobs created in the Naples area 30,700 since December 2010. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent in November, down 0.9 percentage point in the past year.

The Fort Myers area added 9,000 new private-sector jobs in the past year, making the total number of new private-sector jobs created in the Fort Myers area 64,000 since December 2010. The area’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in November, down 0.8 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 industries with the highest growth over the year in the Naples area were leisure and hospitality with 1,900 new jobs and construction with 1,600 new jobs. In November, Naples had 4,937 job openings and of those, 813 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs in November.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Fort Myers area was construction with 3,400 new jobs. In November, Fort Myers had 10,199 job openings and of those, 1,695 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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