The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the Jacksonville Area December 2022 Employment Data

Jan 20, 2023

Governor DeSantis Announces Jacksonville Area Unemployment Rate Down to 2.1 Percent and Had The Fastest Private Sector Over-The-Year Job Growth Rate in December 2022

Jacksonville, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Jacksonville area unemployment rate decreased to 2.1 percent in December 2022, down from the December 2021 rate of 2.6 percent. The Jacksonville area had the fastest private sector over-the-year job growth rate in December 2022 among all other metro areas.

The Jacksonville area added 42,300 new private sector jobs over the year, a 6.3 percent increase. The Jacksonville area labor force also grew by 40,702 over the year, up 5 percent. The industries gaining the most jobs over the year were professional and business services, increasing by 14,700 jobs and leisure and hospitality, increasing by 10,900 jobs.

December 2022 marks the second month in 2022 that Florida reached a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, a historic low last reached in 2006.  Florida’s private sector employment increased by 425,800 jobs over the year in December 2022 (+5.3 percent), two full percentage points faster than the national over-the-year growth rate of 3.3 percent. In December 2022, Florida’s private sector employment increased by 18,000 over the month (+0.2 percentage point). Florida’s labor force grew by 3.5 percent over the year in December 2022, faster than the national growth rate of 1.6 percent over the same time period.

Florida’s population increased to 22.2 million in 2022, maintaining the state’s status as the third largest in the nation behind California and Texas. Idaho had the second highest growth rate among all states at +1.8 percent followed by South Carolina (+1.7%) and Texas (+1.6%). New York, California, and Illinois are among states that experienced negative growth in 2022, with growth rates of -0.9%, -0.3%, and -0.8%, respectively. 

Data in the month of December continues to indicate there are many job opportunities available for Floridians throughout the state, with more than 442,000 jobs posted online. Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance on how to register with Employ Florida and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve their employability by perfecting resume writing and interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.

To view the statewide December 2022 employment data, visit Visit Florida Insight  for more information on labor market and economic data.   


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