Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Jacksonville Area Created More Than 13,000 New Jobs Over the Year

Sep 20, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Jacksonville area added 13,400 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in August, down 0.1 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Jacksonville area were professional and business services with 4,200 new jobs, construction with 3,600 new jobs and education and health services with 3,500 new jobs.

In August, Jacksonville was among the top five metro areas in the state for online job demand with 27,953 openings, of those, 8,386 were for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 18,900 new private-sector jobs in August 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent represents a drop of 0.1 percentage point over the year. This is while 143,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.4 percent in the past year.

To view the August 2019 employment data, visit


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