PENSACOLA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott has announced that Penscola area businesses added 4,100 new private-sector jobs over the year in January. The area’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. Florida businesses created 260 new private-sector jobs across the state in the last year, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,343,100.
Governor Scott said, “Hardworking businesses in the Pensacola area have created 4,100 new jobs over the year – creating thousands of opportunities for North Florida families. We will keep fighting to diversify our economy and grow jobs so Florida remains the best place to work, live and build a business.”
The industries with the largest job gains in the Pensacola area over the year were leisure and hospitality with 1,800 new jobs and trade, transportation and utilities with 1,000 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,161 job openings in January, including 1,256 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.
Statewide, Florida businesses created 50,700 new private-sector jobs in January and the unemployment rate was 5 percent. For the 58th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.6 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.8 percent. Nearly 32,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.
To view the January 2017 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.