Archive for February, 2014

Construction jobs in Tampa climb

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

According to recent data from the labor department, construction jobs in Tampa may be increasing.

Overall in Florida, the state gained 7,645,000   in   December   2013,   up   192,900   jobs   compared   to   a   year   ago.     December   2013   was   the   41st   consecutive   month   with   positive   annual   job   growth   after   the   state   lost   jobs   for   over   three  years.  

More job growth included professional  and  business  services  (+37,400  jobs,  +3.5  percent);  construction   (+28,800   jobs,   +8.4   percent);   leisure   and   hospitality   (+24,500   jobs,   +2.4   percent);   private   education   and   health   services   (+16,500   jobs,   +1.5   percent);   financial   activities   (+12,400   jobs,   +2.5   percent);   other   services   (+5,200   jobs,   +1.7  percent);  information  (+5,000  jobs,  +3.8  percent);  and  manufacturing  (+4,400  jobs,  +1.4  percent).

Monroe   County   had   the   state’s   lowest   unemployment   rate   (3.5   percent),   followed   by   Walton   County  (4.0  percent);  Okaloosa  County  (4.4  percent);  and  Alachua  and  St.  Johns  counties  (4.7  percent  each).    Many   of   the   counties   with   the   lowest   unemployment   rates   were   those   with   relatively   high   proportions   of   government   employment.    

Hendry  County  had  the  highest  unemployment  rate  (10.2  percent)  in  Florida  in  December  2013,  followed  by  Flagler   County   (8.8   percent),   Hamilton   County   (8.4   percent),   Madison   County   (8.2   percent),   and   Putnam   County   (8.1   percent).    

Hendry  County  had  the  highest  unemployment  rate  in  the  state  in  December,  mainly  due  to  long-­‐term  job   losses   in   government   employment.     Hendry   was   the   only   county   in   Florida   with   double-­‐digit   unemployment   since   September.

Twenty  of  the  22  metro  areas  in  the  state  had  over-­‐the-­‐year  job  gains  in  December  2013.    The  areas  with  the  largest   gains   were   Tampa-­‐St.   Petersburg-­‐Clearwater   (+35,400   jobs,   +3.0   percent),   Orlando-­‐Kissimmee-­‐Sanford   (+32,300   jobs,  +3.1  percent),  and  Miami-­‐Miami  Beach-­‐Kendall  (+22,900  jobs,  +2.2  percent).    

The   two   metro   areas   that   lost   jobs   over   the   year   were   Palm   Coast   (-­‐600   jobs,   -­‐3.0   percent)   and   Panama   City-­‐Lynn   Haven-­‐Panama  City  Beach  (-­‐600  jobs,  -­‐0.9  percent).

Tampa jobs are up

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Tampa jobs are climbing, according to the latest results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 Florida’s   seasonally   adjusted   unemployment   rate   was   6.2   percent   in   December   2013,   down   0.2   percentage   point   over   the   month,   and   down   1.7   percentage   points   from   7.9   percent   a   year   ago. The   state’s   December   rate   was   the   lowest   since   June   2008   when   it   was   6.0   percent.    

There   were   584,000   jobless   Floridians   out   of   a  labor   force   of   9,405,000.  The   U.S.   unemployment   rate   was   6.7   percent   in   December.  Florida’s   unemployment   rate   was   0.5   percentage   point   lower   than   the   U.S.   rate   and   was   below   the   national   rate  for  the  ninth  consecutive  month.

The number of jobs in Florida was 7,645,000 in December 2013, up 192,900 jobs compared to a year ago. December 2013 was the 41st consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years. The industry gaining the most jobs was trade, transportation, and utilities (+60,300 jobs, +3.9 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included professional and business services (+37,400 jobs, +3.5 percent); construction (+28,800 jobs, +8.4 percent); leisure and hospitality (+24,500 jobs, +2.4 percent); private education and health services (+16,500 jobs, +1.5 percent); financial activities (+12,400 jobs, +2.5 percent); other services (+5,200 jobs, +1.7 percent); information (+5,000 jobs, +3.8 percent); and manufacturing (+4,400 jobs, +1.4 percent).

These industry job gains were partially due to increases in food and beverage stores; employment services; specialty trade contractors; food services and drinking places; ambulatory health care services; real estate; personal and laundry services; publishing industries, except internet; and fabricated metal product manufacturing.

Total government (-1,700 jobs, -0.2 percent) was the only major industry losing jobs over the year, with both federal and state government contributing to the loss.