Archive for June, 2016

Transportation jobs in Tampa show little change

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The number of transportation jobs in Tampa showed little change, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, changed little over the month.


The unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent in May, and nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+38,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Health care added 46,000 jobs in May, with increases occurring in ambulatory health care services (+24,000), hospitals (+17,000), and nursing care facilities (+5,000).

Over the year, health care employment has increased by 487,000. In May, mining employment continued to decline (-10,000).

Since reaching a peak in September 2014, mining has lost 207,000 jobs. Support activities for mining accounted for three-fourths of the jobs lost during this period, including 6,000 in May.

Employment in information declined by 34,000 in May. About 35,000 workers in the telecommunications industry were on strike and not on company payrolls during the survey reference period. Within manufacturing, employment in durable goods declined by 18,000 in May, with job losses of 7,000 in machinery and 3,000 in furniture and related products.

Employment in professional and business services changed little in May (+10,000), after increasing by 55,000 in April. Within the industry, professional and technical services added 26,000 jobs in May, in line with average monthly gains over the prior 12 months.

Employment in temporary help services was little changed over the month (-21,000) but is down by 64,000 thus far this year.



Tampa jobs added

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

The number of Tampa jobs has grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in April 2016, down 0.1 percentage point from the March 2016 rate of 4.9 percent, and down 0.7 percentage point from 5.5 percent a year ago.  There were 472,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,801,000.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April.  Florida’s unemployment rate has been less than or equal to the national rate for 26 of the last 41 months. Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,283,900 in April 2016, an increase of 31,100 jobs (+0.4 percent) over the month.

The state gained 254,500 jobs over the year, an increase of 3.2 percent.  Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.9 percent over the year.  Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

Other industries gaining jobs included leisure and hospitality (+45,100 jobs, +4.0 percent); professional and business services (+43,700 jobs, +3.6 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+41,500 jobs, +2.5 percent); construction (+30,100 jobs, +7.1 percent); financial activities (+20,200 jobs, +3.8 percent); total government (+10,200 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+9,400 jobs, +2.8 percent); and other services (+8,500 jobs, +2.6 percent).

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,283,900 in April 2016, up 254,500 jobs compared to a year ago.  April 2016 was the 69th consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years.   The industry gaining the most jobs was education and health services (+47,100 jobs, +4.0 percent).

All twenty‐four metro areas in the state had over‐the‐year job gains in April 2016.  The areas with the largest gains were Orlando‐Kissimmee‐Sanford (+51,900 jobs, +4.5 percent), Tampa‐St. Petersburg‐Clearwater (+42,000 jobs, +3.4 percent), and Ft. Lauderdale‐Pompano Beach‐Deerfield Beach (+32,100 jobs, +4.0 percent).