Boosting Florida’s total tally of new jobs this year up to 167,100, Gov. Rick Scott recently revealed from Fort Myers that Florida businesses created 22,600 new private-sector jobs during the month of August.
Additionally, the state’s annual job growth rate — at 3.4 percent — significantly exceeds that of the nation’s average, which stands at 1.9 percent; and Florida’s unemployment rate remained stable at 4.7 percent for August, the lowest rate for almost nine years.
Gov. Scott announced the news at the offices of All Access Media, a Fort Myers marketing firm that provides web video and commercial content.
“I am proud to announce today that Florida businesses created more than 22,000 new jobs last month and that Florida’s annual job growth rate has outpaced the nation for almost four and a half years,” Gov. Scott said. “It’s clear that our low tax, business friendly environment continues to send a strong message across the country that Florida is the best location for businesses to grow.”
The governor cited two businesses that recently selected Florida as their relocation destination —Hotwire Communications and Intellitech — creating hundreds of more new positions, and added that Florida will continue to vie for new opportunities to maintain a top position for jobs.
“Florida’s strong economy is bolstered each month with the addition of thousands of new jobs,” Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said. “I am proud that in just eight months, more than 167,000 people have been empowered to secure financial stability for themselves and their families through a new job.”