Gov. Rick Scott recently revealed that Florida’s Naples area gained 4,900 new private-sector jobs over the year as of July, lowering the region’s unemployment rate by eight-tenths of a percentage point — down to 5.4 percent.
Florida businesses added 26,500 private-sector jobs across the state during July, for a total of 1,160,700 jobs created since December 2010, Gov. Scott said.
“Florida’s number one goal is to make our state the best place for businesses and families to succeed,” Gov. Scott said. “That’s why it’s great news the Naples area added nearly 5,000 new jobs over the year in July.”
Trade, transportation, utilities and leisure and hospitality sectors saw the largest single gains out of all of the state’s industries, registering 1,300 new positions each. The greater Naples area posted 3,526 job openings in July, including 670 opportunities for high-skill and high-wage STEM employment.
At 4.7 percent in July, 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, now maintaining that status for over four years.
Over 31,340 workers in Florida benefited from job placement through regional workforce boards such as CareerSource Southwest Florida.
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