Governor Rick Scott announced Oct. 25 that the Pensacola area has added 3,300 new private-sector jobs over the past year. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, declining by 0.1 percentage point in the last year.
“The Pensacola area added more than 3,000 new jobs over the year, which means thousands of more Floridians now have the opportunities they need to succeed in Northwest Florida,” Scott said in a statement. “These new jobs are incredibly important to helping Floridians provide for their families, which is why we will continue to cut taxes, diversify the economy, and make Florida more competitive for major jobs wins.”
According to the state, the industry with the most job growth in the Pensacola area over the year was professional and business services with 900 new jobs. The Pensacola area reportedly had 4,600 job openings in September, including 1,230 high-skill, high-wage STEM-type positions.
The state reports that Florida’s unemployment rate has remained at 4.7 percent, the lowest rate since November 2007. The annual job growth rate has been 3.6 percent.