Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has experienced 16 consecutive months of positive annual job growth, with an increase of 2,000 jobs over the year in October 2013. The unemployment rate in the Pensacola metro area declined by 1.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.4 percent in October 2012 to 5.9 percent in October 2013.
Governor Scott said, "The Pensacola area's addition of 2,000 new jobs is further proof that the steps we're taking to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families is working. With the area's unemployment rate dropping to 5.9 percent, we are seeing continued economic growth in Pensacola and across the state."
The Pensacola metro area showed a 10 percent increase in online job demand in October 2013 compared to a year ago, with 5,451 job openings. There were 888 openings for STEM occupations in the metro area in October 2013. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.
Florida's unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in October 2013, down from 6.8 percent in September 2013 and 7.0 in October 2013, and down 4.4 percentage points since December 2010. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent since March 2013. Florida has created 440,900 private sector jobs since December 2010.