Southwest Florida

  • For Immediate Release: September 20, 2013

    TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the statewide unemployment rate for August 2013 dropped to 7.0 percent. This is down from 7.1 percent in May, June, and July 2013, and down 4.1 percentage points since December 2010. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent for the sixth consecutive month. Florida has created 365,500 private sector jobs since December 2010.

    – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the statewide unemployment rate for August 2013 dropped to 7.0 percent. This is down from 7.1 percent in May, June, and July 2013, and down 4.1 percentage points since December 2010. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent for the sixth consecutive month. Florida has created 365,500 private sector jobs since December 2010.

    Governor Scott said, “Today’s announcement is great news for Florida families as the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in August. Since December 2010, the unemployment rate has dropped 4.1 percentage points and Florida has created 365,500 new private sector jobs. This is evidence that our pro-growth and business friendly policies are working.”

    Since December 2010, Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has dropped 4.1 percentage points, from a rate of 11.1 percent to August’s rate of 7.0 percent. In the same timeframe, the national unemployment rate has dropped 2.0 percentage points, demonstrating Florida’s improving economic climate continues to outpace the national recovery. Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 34 consecutive months.

     

    More Jobs Being Created

    • Florida experienced positive annual job growth for 37 consecutive months.
    • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 23 of the last 26 months.
    • Florida has created 365,500 new private sector jobs since December 2010.
    • Florida is expected to create almost 1.1 million new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference. 
    • Florida job postings compiled by the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board showed 266,467 openings in August 2013 (seasonally adjusted).  Florida had the largest over-the-month gain of all states, up 11,644 openings. Florida had the fourth highest number of openings in the nation compared to all states.

    Home Sales Robust

    • Home sales remain robust as the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 23 percent from August 2012 (Florida Realtors).
    • Florida median home prices were up 18.6 percent over the year in August 2013.

     Economic Growth Trends Up Across State

    • A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.
    • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $24 billion – with $86.8 billion in exports and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011, up from $73.1 billion in exports in 2010 and $53.2 billion in imports in 2010.

    Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

    • In August, Florida’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,000 Floridians were placed in jobs. This represents an increase of nearly 12,000 placements over the year from August 2012. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 11,967 previously received Reemployment Assistance. 
    • In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

     To view the August 2013 monthly employment data visit:
    www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases

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    For Immediate Release
    June 21, 2013

    Contact: media@eog.myflorida.com

    (850) 717-9282

     

    TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott today announced Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for May 2013 dropped to 7.1 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. Florida’s rate was down 0.1 percentage point from April’s rate of 7.2 percent and continues to fall below the national average, which went up to 7.6 percent in May.

    Governor Scott said, “Each month we continue to distance ourselves from the national unemployment rate and it is clear we are succeeding in growing opportunities for Florida families to pursue the American Dream.  Once again, Florida’s unemployment rate is well below the national average.  While Florida communities have experienced some incredible successes, we’ll continue working tirelessly to provide jobs to families across the Sunshine State.

    “We had a very successful trip this week to the 50th Paris Air Show where we worked to grow Florida as a leader in aerospace – and create more jobs and opportunities for Florida families.   I was proud to announce that Vision Systems will open its first-ever U.S. subsidiary on the Space Coast.   As we continue to announce new opportunities across our state like Vision Systems, it underscores that the policies we are implementing to create more jobs for our families are working.”

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    Since December 2010, Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has dropped four percentage points, from a rate of 11.1 percent to May’s rate of 7.1 percent. In the same timeframe, the national unemployment rate has dropped 1.7 percentage points, demonstrating Florida’s improving economic climate continues to outpace the national recovery. Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 31 consecutive months.

    More Jobs Being Created

    • Florida experienced positive annual job growth for 34 consecutive months.
    • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 21 of the last 23 months.
    • The number of private sector jobs added in the state in April 2013 was revised up by 2,300, revising the over the month change in jobs to 19,000 from the originally reported 16,700.
    • More than 330,000 new private sector jobs have been created in Florida since December 2010.
    • Florida is expected to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference.

     Unemployment Continues to Decline

    • Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 31 consecutive months.
    • Initial claims for Reemployment Assistance benefits were down by 12.8 percent from one year ago.

     Home Sales Robust

    • Home sales remain robust as the inventory of single family homes on the market is down by 24 percent from May 2012 (Florida Realtors – most recent month available).
    • Pending sales were up over the prior year in May 2013 by 30.8 percent and median sale prices were up 15.9 percent in May 2013 over the prior year.

     Economic Growth Trends Up Across State

    • A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.
    • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $18 billion – with $90.3 billion in exports and $71.8 billion in imports in 2012, up from $86.8 billion in exports in 2011 and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011.

    Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

    • In May, Florida’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 40,000 Floridians were placed in jobs. This represents an increase of more than 13,000 placements over the year from May 2012. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 11,726 previously received Reemployment Assistance. 
    • In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

    To view the May 2013 monthly employment data visit:
    www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

  • For Immediate Release
    May 17, 2013

    Contact: media@eog.myflorida.com
    (850) 717-9282


    TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott today announced Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.2 percent, the lowest rate since September 2008. Down 0.3 percentage points from March’s rate of 7.5 percent, Florida’s unemployment rate continues to fall below the national average of 7.5 percent for April. Over the month, Florida added 16,700 private sectors jobs throughout the state.

    Governor Scott said, “Florida’s families are getting back to work and our state’s economy is growing. With 16,700 new private sector jobs added last month and an unemployment rate that continues to decline, Florida is once again below the national average at 7.2 percent. 

    “Growing jobs is our top priority and this legislative session we eliminated barriers on manufacturers to ensure Florida is a top destination for manufacturing jobs.  Just last week we also welcomed Hertz to Florida and are excited they have chosen to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Sunshine State.  It is clear that our policies to create jobs for Florida families and attract new and expanding businesses to Florida is working.”

    Since December 2010, Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has dropped nearly four percentage points, from a rate of 11.1 percent to April’s rate of 7.2 percent. In the same timeframe, the national unemployment rate has dropped 1.8 percentage points, demonstrating Florida’s improving economic climate continues to outpace the national recovery. Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 30 consecutive months.

    More Jobs Being Created

    • With the addition of 16,700 private sector jobs over the month, Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 33 consecutive months. This adds up to 330,000 new private sector jobs created in Florida since December 2010.
    • Florida job postings increased in April 2013 compared to the previous April by 7,977 (+3.2 percent), for a total of 255,567 openings (seasonally adjusted) according to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from the Conference Board.
    • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 21 of the last 22 months.
    • Florida is expected to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference.
    • Job postings for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations in Florida compiled by the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board totaled 58,637 (seasonally adjusted) openings in April 2013. Over the year, STEM job postings were up by 3,842 openings (+7.0 percent) compared to April 2012.  Over the month, STEM demand in April increased by 2,931 openings (+5.3 percent) from the 55,637 postings in March 2013.

    Unemployment Continues to Decline

    • Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 30 consecutive months.
    • Initial claims for Reemployment Assistance benefits were down by 10.1 percent from one year ago.

    Home Sales Robust

    • Home sales remain robust as the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 33 percent from March 2012 (Florida Realtors).
    • Florida housing starts were up over the year in March 2013 (the most recent month available) by 41.1 percent and median home prices were up 15.9 percent in March 2013 over the year.

    Economic Growth Trends Up Across State

    • A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.
    • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $24 billion – with $86.8 billion in exports and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011, up from $73.1 billion in exports in 2010 and $53.2 billion in imports in 2010.

    Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

    • In April, Florida’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,300 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 11,457 previously received Reemployment Assistance. 
    • In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

    To view the April 2013 monthly employment data visit:

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

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 19, 2013

                CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE                       (850) 717-9282 media@eog.myflorida.com

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    TALLAHASSEE — Governor Rick Scott today announced that 32,400 private-sector jobs were created in Florida last month and the state’s March 2013 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percentage points to 7.5 percent. This is Florida’s lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 and the second largest drop in the nation as of February.

    Governor Scott said, “It is great news that our unemployment rate is below the national average at 7.5 percent and that we created more than 32,000 jobs in March.  In a little over two years since I’ve taken office, we’ve created more than 320,000 private sector jobs – and we are now closing in on the halfway point to our goal of creating 700,000 jobs in seven years.  These numbers prove that IT’S WORKING in Florida and our families have opportunities to live their version of the American Dream in the Sunshine State.  In Florida, our economy is turning around because we focus every day on creating new jobs for our families.”

    Governor Scott made today’s announcement at Pelican Wire Co., a manufacturing company in Naples that was just named the Southwest Florida Manufacturer of the Year last week.  Pelican Wire employs 60 people and manufactures wire used in electrical heating applications in aerospace, medical and other industries.

    Over the month, the state experienced an increase of 32,400 private-sector jobs, meaning that 32,400 Floridians have been placed in new jobs and are earning wages. Florida’s job growth rate is faster both over the month and over the year than the nation. Since Dec. 2010, Florida has added a total of 321,700 private-sector jobs.

    More Jobs Being Created

    • Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 32 consecutive months.
    • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 20 of the last 21 months.
    • Florida job postings increased in March 2013 compared to the previous March by 6,467 (+2.7 percent), according to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from the Conference Board.
    • The number of available online job openings in STEM-related (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields in Florida have increased since last year, up 8.4 percent, for a total of 55,637 postings in March 2013.
    • Florida is expected to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference.

    Unemployment Continues to Decline

    • Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 29 consecutive months.
    • Initial claims for Reemployment Assistance benefits were down by 10.4 percent from one year ago.

    Home Sales Robust

    • Home sales remain robust as the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 32 percent from February 2012 (Florida Realtors).
    • Florida housing starts were up over the year in February 2013 (the most recent month available) by 39.1 percent and median home prices were up 12.8 percent in February 2013 over the year.

    Economic Growth Trends Up Across State

    • A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.
    • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $24 billion – with $86.8 billion in exports and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011, up from $73.1 billion in exports in 2010 and $53.2 billion in imports in 2010.

    Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

    • In February, the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 31,329 Floridians placed in jobs.    
    • More than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs in 2012, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

    To view the March 2013 monthly employment data visit:

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

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  • ORLANDO — Governor Rick Scott today announced that since Dec. 2010, Florida has created 294,200 private-sector jobs and Florida’s February 2013 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 7.7 percent – the lowest since October 2008. Governor Scott made the announcement at Amcor Rigid Plastics USA Inc. in Orlando, a plastics manufacturing company, which opened a new 500,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility in January, hiring 29 employees with a capital investment of $20 million.

    Governor Scott said, “With an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent, the lowest in more than four years, and nearly 300,000 private sector jobs created over the last two years, we have proof that IT’S WORKING. Our efforts to reduce taxes, pay down state debt and grow the economy, demonstrates our success in growing jobs for Florida families. While today’s announcement is great news, we know we have more work to do to ensure that every Florida family that wants a job can get one.”

    Over the month, the state experienced an increase of 7,700 private-sector jobs, while 139,200 private sector jobs have been created since February 2012. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.4 percentage points, the second largest drop in the nation. 

    More Jobs Being Created

    • Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 31 consecutive months.
    • Florida job postings increased in February 2013 compared to the previous February by 21,366 (+8.8 percent), for a total of 263,240 openings (seasonally adjusted) according to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from the Conference Board.
    • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 19 of the last 20 months.
    • Florida is expected to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference.
    • The number of available online job openings in STEM-related (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields in Florida have increased since last year, up 10.4 percent, for a total of 57,488 postings in February 2013.

    Unemployment Continues to Decline

    • Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 28 consecutive months.

    Home Sales Robust

    • Home sales remain robust as the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 32 percent from February 2012 (Florida Realtors).
    • Florida housing starts were up over the year in January 2013 (the most recent month available) by 52.6 percent and median home prices were up 12.8 percent in February 2013 over the year.

    Economic Growth Trends Up Across State

    • A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.
    • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $24 billion – with $86.8 billion in exports and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011, up from $73.1 billion in exports in 2010 and $53.2 billion in imports in 2010.

    Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

    • In February, the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 38,000 Floridians placed in jobs.    
    • More than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs in 2012, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

    To view the February 2013 monthly employment data visit:

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

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  • ORLANDO — Governor Rick Scott today announced that since Dec. 2010, Florida has created 282,200 private-sector jobs and Florida’s January unemployment rate decreased below the national average to 7.8 percent - down from the revised December 2012 rate of 7.9 percent. This is Florida’s lowest unemployment rate since November 2008, and falls below the national average unemployment rate for the first time since January 2008.

    Over the month, the state experienced an increase of 14,700 private-sector jobs. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.3 percentage points. Florida’s January 2013 unemployment rate of 7.8 percent was lower than the January national average of 7.9 percent. 

    Governor Scott said, “Everything we do is geared toward job creation. Today we have more proof that IT’S WORKING. Our unemployment rate is down to 7.8 percent – falling below the national average for the first time in five years. We have added more than 280,000 private-sector jobs over the last two years, and as we continue to focus on greater economic growth, we will see even more jobs created.  

    “Other states chose to raise taxes. Other states chose to increase debt. In Florida, we chose the course of economic growth and greater job creation by cutting taxes and paying down debt for the first time in decades by $2 billion. Today’s announcement is more proof that our formula for economic growth is working and providing more jobs and opportunities for Florida families. We are glad to see our unemployment rate fall below the national average for the first time in years, but our work isn’t done until every Floridian who wants a job can find one. 

    “Today’s event at Mitsubishi Power Systems also highlights the importance of our mission to totally eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. I am grateful for the legislators who are committed to supporting this priority. With their help, we will achieve another important milestone in Florida’s economic growth.” 

    Every March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity release January employment and unemployment estimates as well as revised historical data.  Today’s announcement is the result of that annual process, which is known as “benchmarking.”  These benchmark revisions are a standard part of the estimation process and take place this same time every year in each state nationwide.

    More Jobs Being Created

    • Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 30 consecutive months.
    • Florida job postings increased in February 2013 compared to the previous February by 21,366 (+8.8 percent), for a total of 263,240 openings (seasonally adjusted) according to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from the Conference Board.
    • Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 18 of the last 19 months.
    • Florida is expected to create 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference.
    • The number of available online job openings in STEM-related (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields in Florida have increased since last year, up 10.4 percent, for a total of 57,488 postings in February 2013.

    Unemployment Continues to Decline

    • Florida’s unemployment rate has now declined year-over-year for 27 consecutive months.
    • Initial claims for Reemployment Assistance benefits were down by almost 15 percent from one year ago.

    Home Sales Robust

    • Home sales remain robust as the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 41 percent from November 2011 (Florida Realtors).
    • Florida housing starts were up over the year in January (the most recent month available) by 52.6 percent and median home prices were up 12.4 percent over the year.

    Economic Growth Trends Up Across State

    • A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.
    • Florida is running a trade surplus of over $24 billion – with $86.8 billion in exports and $62.4 billion in imports in 2011, up from $73.1 billion in exports in 2010 and $53.2 billion in imports in 2010.

    Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

    • In February, the state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 38,000 Floridians placed in jobs.    
    • More than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs in 2012, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

     

    Due to the processing time needed to prepare the annual benchmarking updates, the release of February 2013 employment data is scheduled for March 29. For the remainder of 2013, the monthly releases of the prior month’s data will occur on the third Friday of each month.  To view the January 2013 monthly employment data visit:

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