Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Southwest Florida area added 5,600 new private-sector jobs in the a year ago and unemployment rates in those areas have dropped.
As of December, Florida's unemployment rate is at 3.7 percent, a drop of 7.0 percentage points since December 2010, faster than the national decline of 5.2 percentage points.
The U.S. unemployment rate has held steady at 4.1 percent for three consecutive months.
In addition, the state's unemployment rate has dropped seven percentage points since December 2010, faster than the national decline of 5.2 percent.
Friday's report said the state added 27,400 jobs in December, no surprise as employers ramped up hiring heading into the holidays as well as the busiest time of tourist season, and continued to recover from Hurricane Irma, which hit the state in September.
December was the 89th consecutive month with positive year-over-year growth, "creating almost 205,000 jobs for families throughout the state", Florida Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Cissy Proctor said. Out of a labor force of 10,127,000, there were 374,000 Floridians without a job.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, "Florida businesses had strong job growth in 2017, creating almost 205,000 jobs for families throughout the state".
The industries with the highest job growth in Naples over the year were construction with 1,500 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 1,300 new jobs. "Florida had a great year of job creation in 2017 and we will fight each day to make sure our state remains the best place for new opportunities in 2018 and for years to come". The county's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in December 2016. In December, the Naples area had 4,484 job openings, including 685 for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations. "It is important to continue to support Governor Scott's pro-business priorities to ensure our state stays competitive and recruits new businesses".
The Miami area ranked second in the state for private-sector job growth in 2017 with 32,600 new jobs.