Noting that commerce and construction sectors led 2016’s overall 12,000-job increase in Southwest Florida, Gov. Rick Scott recently said that tax cuts and regulation rollbacks tangibly contributed to positive employment trends in Fort Myers and Naples.
Fort Myers saw its greatest jobs growth in trade, transportation and utilities, with 2,100 new positions; 2,000 new professional and business services opportunities; and 1,600 construction jobs.
In the month of October, the Fort Myers job market offered a total of 7,678 positions, including openings for over 1,300 positions in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Naples also saw a surge in construction jobs, with 1,200 positions. Leisure and hospitality markets offered 900 new jobs, and STEM occupations experienced more than 700 posts.
In total, the Naples region had over 4,000 job openings during the month of October.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in October due to the healthy growth of the Sunshine State’s labor force. Florida’s job growth rate has placed well ahead of national figures; at 3.3 percent, it surpassed the U.S. average of 1.8 percent for the 55th consecutive month.
“Southwest Florida continues to be a great area for job creation in the state, with more than 12,000 new jobs added in the last year,” Scott said. “Our focus on cutting taxes and reducing regulations is helping job creators provide new opportunities for our state’s families.”