On September 20, 2019, in News Releases, by Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Tampa area added 21,300 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the third-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in August.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Tampa area were professional and business services with 6,000 new jobs and construction with 5,200 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in August with 58,697 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 18,471 openings in August 2019.

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 www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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