DEO Press Releases

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Jacksonville Created 5,700 New Jobs Over the Year

Mar 11, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Jacksonville area added 5,700 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in January, down 0.1 percentage point in the past year. Statewide, Florida businesses created 10,900 new private-sector jobs in January 2019. To see the statewide job creation information, click here.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Jacksonville area was education and health services with 2,500 new jobs.

In January, Jacksonville was among the top five metro areas in the state for online job demand with 23,436 openings, of those, 7,018 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 2.1 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent represents a drop of 0.5 percentage point over the year. This is while 161,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.6 percent in the past year.

To view the January 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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