Florida's unemployment rate is ticking up slightly.
Statewide, Florida businesses created almost 30,000 new jobs in December bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to 1,497,100 since December 2010.
"We will fight each day to make sure our state remains the best place for new opportunities in 2018 and for years to come", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said while announcing the December job numbers at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Governor Scott said, "It is great news that Florida businesses added almost 30,000 new jobs across our state last month".
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said the latest numbers were a good sign for Florida families and pointed to Scott's leadership as part of the reason for the state's job growth previous year.
Florida businesses created 30,000 jobs in December and the state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent according to the latest jobs report released Friday by the Governor's Office.
Unemployment in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metropolitan statistical area fell to 3.2 percent last month, down from 3.5 percent in November and well below the 4.4 percent in December 2016.
St. Johns County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.8 percent.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, "Florida businesses had strong job growth in 2017, creating almost 205,000 jobs for families throughout the state".
In December, Florida's 24 regional workforce boards reported 18,828 Floridians, including 1,043 veterans, were placed in jobs.
Florida lost more than 127,000 jobs after Irma struck but has seen job growth since then - 125,300 in October, 13,100 in November and 27,400 in December. In December, the Naples area had 4,484 job openings, including 685 for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations. Collier County also saw a drop, going from 3.9 percent in November to 3.6 percent in December.
The highest job growth industries in Naples were construction, with 1,500 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 1,300 new jobs.
Orange: 3.1 percent, down from 3.4 percent in November and from 4.2 percent a year ago. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,497,100 jobs, including almost 205,000 jobs created in 2017.
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