DEO Press Releases

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Jacksonville Created 6,200 New Jobs Over the Year

Mar 22, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Jacksonville area added 6,200 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in February, down 0.2 percentage point in the past year. Statewide, Florida businesses created 24,300 new private-sector jobs in February 2019.

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 February, Jacksonville was among the top five metro areas in the state for online job demand with 26,664 openings. Of those, 8,011 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.5 percent represents a drop of 0.4 percentage point over the year. This is while 170,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.7 percent in the past year.

To view the February 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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