Archive for May, 2017

Tampa transportation jobs added

Monday, May 8th, 2017

New labor statistics show that Tampa transportation jobs have been added.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in March 2017, down 0.2 percentage point from 5.0 percent in February 2017, and down 0.1 percentage point from a year ago. There were 483,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,108,000.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,554,000 in March 2017, up 246,100 jobs compared to a year ago. March 2017 was the 80th consecutive month with positive over-the-year job growth.

The industry gaining the most jobs was education and health services (+44,300 jobs, +3.6 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included professional and business services (+43,500 jobs, +3.4 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+40,300 jobs, +2.4 percent); construction (+36,500 jobs, +7.9 percent); leisure and hospitality (+31,200 jobs, +2.7 percent); manufacturing (+13,100 jobs, +3.7 percent); financial activities (+12,700 jobs, +2.3 percent); other services (+12,700 jobs, +3.7 percent); and government (+12,300 jobs, +1.1 percent).

In March 2017, Monroe County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (2.8 percent), followed by St. Johns County (3.3 percent); and Okaloosa and Wakulla counties (3.5 percent each).  Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (6.4 percent) in Florida in March 2017, followed by Sumter County (6.1 percent); and Citrus and Hardee counties (5.9 percent each).

In March 2017, 23 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+44,100 jobs, +3.4 percent), Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+42,800 jobs, +3.6 percent), and Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach (+27,800 jobs, +3.4 percent).