Construction jobs in Tampa grow

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the June 2018 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 383,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,246,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,800,700 in July 2018, an increase of 27,400 jobs (+0.3 percent) over the month. The state gained 210,600 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.5 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year. Prior to September 2017, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate had exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,800,700 in July 2018, up 210,600 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was leisure and hospitality (+50,400, +4.2 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+38,200 jobs, +7.5 percent); education and health services (+33,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); professional and business services (+28,500 jobs, +2.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,700 jobs, +1.2 percent); financial activities (+16,300 jobs, +2.9 percent); manufacturing (+15,000 jobs, +4.1 percent); and other services (+8,700 jobs, +2.5 percent).

The two industries losing jobs were information (-1,200 jobs, -0.9 percent) and government (-800 jobs, -0.1 percent).