Gov. Scott: Tampa Area Leads the State in Job Creation

December 18, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa area added 40,500 new jobs over the year in November. The unemployment rate in the Tampa area declined by 1.1 percentage points over the year to 4.6 percent in November. Florida businesses across the state have added more than 1 million private-sector jobs since December 2010.
Governor Scott said, “We are excited to announce that the Tampa area is leading the state in job creation, with 40,500 jobs added over the past year. Tampa also leads the state in job openings, boasting more than 52,000 advertised jobs in the area. This growth is helping Florida become first for jobs, and we look forward to seeing more businesses and families succeed in our great state.”
The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality with 13,300 new jobs; education and health services with 12,500 new jobs; and professional and business services with 8,200 new jobs. The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in job demand in November with 52,171 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations, with 15,005 openings in November.
Florida created 35,600 private-sector jobs in November, and a total of 1,011,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for November was 5.0 percent. In November, more than 37,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.
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