Construction jobs in Tampa grow

Monday, June 4th, 2018

The number of construction jobs in Tampa have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April 2018, unchanged from the March 2018 rate, but down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 398,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,204,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,730,400 in April 2018, up 178,400 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,400 jobs, +3.0 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+34,900 jobs, +7.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+34,100 jobs, +2.8 percent); education and health services (+21,700 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+14,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); manufacturing (+12,300 jobs, +3.4 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+9,400 jobs, +0.5 percent); government (+8,000 jobs, +0.7 percent); and other services (+5,600 jobs, +1.6 percent).

In April 2018, Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (2.7 percent each); followed by Franklin, Monroe, and Walton counties (2.8 percent each); and Wakulla County (2.9 percent).

Sumter County had the highest unemployment rate (4.9 percent) in Florida in April 2018, followed by Citrus and Hendry counties (4.7 percent each); and Putnam County (4.6 percent).

In April 2018, 21 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+40,000 jobs, +3.2 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+34,200 jobs, +2.6 percent), and Jacksonville (+17,300 jobs, +2.5 percent).