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Posted on: July 22, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Gov. Scott: Pensacola Area Added 1,700 New Jobs Over the Year

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Pensacola area added 1,700 new private-sector jobs over the year in June. The area’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, dropping by 0.4 percentage point in the last year.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is laser focused on creating the best environment for businesses and families to succeed, and I am proud to announce today that the Pensacola area added 1,700 new jobs over the year. We will continue to do all we can to cut taxes and encourage business growth so Florida can be first for jobs.”

The industry with the most job growth in the Pensacola area over the year was education and health services with 600 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,620 job openings in June, of which 1,234 were openings for high-wage, high-skill STEM occupations.

Florida businesses have added 102,600 new jobs since January 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,127,400 jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate, at 3.2 percent, is also exceeding the nation’s, at 1.9 percent, for the 51st consecutive month. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, the lowest rate since November 2007. More than 31,841 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

To view the June 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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