Gov. Scott: Tampa Area Gained More Than 32,000 New Jobs Over the Year

December 20, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Tampa area added 32,600 new private-sector jobs over the year in November. The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. Florida businesses created 31,600 private-sector jobs across the state during November 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,266,900 jobs.

Governor Scott said, “The Tampa area added more than 32,000 new jobs over the year and remains first in the state for online job demand. This great news shows that more families in Tampa Bay are able to find the opportunities they need to succeed in the Sunshine State.”

The industries with the most job growth over the year in the Tampa area were professional and business services with 8,800 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 6,800 new jobs; construction with 5,900 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 5,200 new jobs. The Tampa area was first among the state metros in job demand in November with 47,160 openings. The Tampa area also remained first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 15,124 openings in November.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in November, as a result of the rapidly growing labor force which increased by 64,000 over-the-month in November alone. For the 56th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.5 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 38,961 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the November 2016 employment data visit