Gov. Scott: Tampa Bay Creates More Than 34,000 Jobs in a Year

Sep 21, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Tampa area added 34,600 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. Tampa’s unemployment rate was a low 3.6 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 20,000 new jobs in August bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to 1,615,500 since December 2010.

To see the statewide job creation information, click here.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Tampa area were leisure and hospitality with 10,300 new jobs, and education and health services with 8,100 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in August with 43,913 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,168 openings in August.

As of August, Florida’s unemployment rate remained at a low of 3.7 percent, a drop of 7.1 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.4 percentage points. In the past year, 121,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.2 percent, which nearly doubled the national labor force growth rate of 0.7 percent.

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

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