DEO Press Releases

Gov. Scott: Pensacola Added Nearly 4,000 New Jobs Over the Year

Sep 21, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Pensacola area added 3,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from a 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 Pensacola were construction with 1,300 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 1,200 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 5,140 job openings, including 1,470 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

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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