Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted that the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was among the top five metro areas in the state for job growth in October 2013 with 11,200 new jobs. The MSA's unemployment rate declined by 1.6 percentage points over the year, from 7.6 percent in October 2012 to 6.0 percent in October 2013.
Governor Scott said, "The creation of 11,200 new jobs last month is great news for the Jacksonville area. As the local unemployment rate continues to decline over the year and new jobs continue to be created, it is clear that it's working for Florida families."
In October 2013, the Jacksonville metro area was among the top two metro areas in Florida for gains over the year in professional business services with 7,500 new jobs and in construction with 1,500 new jobs.
Housing starts were up 28.6 percent over the year in the Jacksonville MSA in August 2013. In October 2013, the Jacksonville MSA was among the top five metros in Florida for online job demand with 24,765 openings and also ranked fifth for STEM job openings with 4,714 job ads. 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 August 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.