In the month of July, Gov. Rick Scott said recently, Florida’s Pensacola region saw an increase of 1,400 new private-sector jobs, lowering the area’s unemployment rate by half a percentage point down to 5.1 percent.
Florida businesses added 26,500 private-sector jobs across the state during July 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,160,700 jobs, the Governor’s office said.
“We are seeing continued economic growth in the Pensacola area as well as across the state and it is great news that the Pensacola area created 1,400 new jobs over the past year,” Gov. Scott said. “We will continue to work to diversify Florida’s economy and cut taxes to make it easier for businesses to succeed so families can find great jobs.”
Professional and business services saw the largest single gains out of all of the region’s industries, with 700 new positions. Pensacola posted 4,763 job openings in July, including 1,201 openings for skilled high-wage STEM employment.
Additionally, Florida’s statewide unemployment remained at its lowest since November 2007; and the Sunshine State’s annual job growth rate, at 3.3 percent, is well above the national average of 1.9 percent, maintaining a status it has managed for over four years.
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