DEO Press Releases

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Miami Area Creates Nearly 27,000 New Jobs

May 17, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Miami area added 26,700 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. The Miami area’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, down 0.9 percentage point from one year ago.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Miami area was education and health services with 6,200 new jobs.

Miami continued to rank third among the state’s metro areas in job demand with 38,613 openings in April, and once again offered the third-highest number of high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs with 10,301 online ads.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 16,000 new private-sector jobs in April 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 2.0 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent represents a drop of 0.3 percentage point over the year. This is while 136,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent in the past year.

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

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