Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that the Pensacola area added more than 4,000 new jobs this year and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent. We want Florida to become first for jobs, which is why we worked to cut more than $1 billion in taxes in the past two years and why we will continue to do all we can to support job growth in Florida.”
This positive growth in private-sector jobs is continued proof that the steps we’re taking to create opportunities for Florida families are working. We need to continue thinking long-term, cutting taxes and investing in businesses that will create more jobs for Floridians in need.”
The industry with the largest job gains in the Pensacola area over the year in March was leisure and hospitality with 1,000 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,866 job openings in March, including 1,219 openings for high-wage, high-skill, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations.
Since 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,061,700 new jobs. Florida businesses created 225,300 private-sector jobs over the year in March, exceeding the nation’s private-sector job growth rate for the fourth consecutive year. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March, while 39,029 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.
To view the March 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.