Tampa private sector jobs added

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Many Tampa private sector jobs were added last year.

The Tampa area added 44,700 new private-sector jobs in the last year, the second-highest number of jobs among all metro areas.

Tampa’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 17,800 new jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2007.

Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,397,400 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Tampa continues to have strong economic growth, with nearly 45,000 jobs created over the year and the state’s highest number of job openings. Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making Florida more competitive and business-friendly, Tampa Bay job creators are helping connect families with the opportunities they need to be successful.”

Tampa led the state in job growth over the year in the following industries: professional and business services with 16,200 new jobs; construction with 8,200 new jobs; other services with 3,800 new jobs; and information with 600 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in June with 46,860 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,988 openings in June.

For 63 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.1 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. In June, 22,977 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.