Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area's unemployment rate has declined by 2.3 percentage points over the year, from 9.1 percent in December 2013 to 6.8 percent in December 2013. The Miami metro area gained the third-highest number of jobs in December 2013 with an increase of 22,900 jobs over the year.
Governor Rick Scott said, "These 22,900 new jobs mean Florida's families are getting back to work and Miami's economy is gaining momentum. The over the year unemployment rate decrease and job growth in the Miami metro area demonstrates that our job-creating policies and innovative initiatives are working."
In December 2013, the Miami metro area led Florida for gains over the year in trade, transportation, and utilities with 12,200 new jobs and in manufacturing with 2,300 new jobs. Job gains were also experienced in leisure and hospitality with 4,500 new jobs, professional and business services with 4,500 new jobs, and education and health services with 3,200 new jobs.
The Miami metro area had the third-highest online job demand in Florida in December 2013 with 34,582 openings and had the third-highest number of openings for STEM occupations in December 2013 with 7,596 online ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.
In December, the South Florida Workforce Investment Board, along with the state's other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 40,800 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 10,542 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.
Florida's unemployment rate decreased to 6.2 percent in December 2013, down from 6.4 percent in November 2013. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average since April 2013. Florida has created 462,100 private sector jobs since December 2010.