oday, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area's (MSA) experienced positive annual job growth over the year according to June 2014 statistics with 1,500 new jobs. The metro area's unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in June 2013 to 6.2 percent in June 2014.
Governor Scott said, "These 1,500 new jobs in the Pensacola area mean that now more Floridians will be able to provide for their families, and once again Pensacola has experienced positive annual job growth. Let's keep working to grow Florida's opportunity economy, and create more jobs for Florida families."
The industries with the largest job gains in the Pensacola metro area over the year were leisure and hospitality with 1,100 new jobs and financial activities with 300 new jobs.
The Pensacola metro area had 5,713 online job openings in June 2014, an increase of nine percent over the year, and 951 openings for STEM occupations, an increase of 22.7 percent over the year. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.
In June, CareerSourceEscarosa, along with the state's other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 35,000 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, 7,239 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.
Florida created 36,900 private-sector jobs in June 2014, the single highest month of private-sector job creation since the Governor took office. Since December 2010, Florida has created 620,700 private sector jobs. Florida's statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 was 6.2 percent, down 1.2 percentage points from the June 2013 rate.