Gov. Scott: Pensacola Area Added 3,100 New Jobs Over the Year
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Pensacola area added 3,100 new private-sector jobs over the year in November. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Florida businesses created 31,600 private-sector jobs across the state during November 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,266,900 jobs.
Governor Scott said, “Pensacola businesses are working hard to create opportunities for area families, adding more than 3,000 new jobs in the last year. We will continue working to diversify our economy and create an environment for economic growth in Pensacola and across our entire state.”
The industry with the largest job gains in the Pensacola area over the year in November was leisure and hospitality with 1,200 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,385 job openings in November, which included 1,206 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.
Florida’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in November, as a result of the rapidly growing labor force which increased by 64,000 over-the-month in November alone. For the 56th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.5 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 38,961 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.
To view the November 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.