Gov. Scott: Tampa Area Ranks Second in State Job Creation

Mar 12, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that as of January 2018, the Tampa area added 25,500 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. Tampa’s unemployment rate is a low 3.9 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from one 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 Tampa were education and health services with 6,700 new jobs and financial activities with 6,000 new jobs.


The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in January with 38,891 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 12,696 openings in January.


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.


To view the January 2018 employment data visit



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