Gov. Scott: Pensacola Area Added 4,400 New Jobs Over the Year

Mar 12, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that as of January 2018, the Pensacola area added 4,400 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The area’s unemployment rate is 4.3 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from a year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created more than 10,000 new jobs in January, bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to nearly 1.5 million since December 2010.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Pensacola were leisure and hospitality with 1,500 new jobs and financial activities with 1,000 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,292 job openings, including 1,344 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

As of January, Florida’s unemployment rate is at 3.9 percent, a drop of 6.9 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.2 percentage points. In the last year, 137,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.4 percent, which is nearly one and a half times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.9 percent.

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