Escambia Unemployment Rate Slips

April 23, 2018

The Escambia county area added 2,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year, according to Gov.Rick Scott.. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago.
“The Pensacola area’s creation of nearly 3,000 new jobs over the last year demonstrates that Florida is the best state in the nation to live the American Dream. Businesses across Florida are continuing to grow and succeed, bringing new jobs and opportunities for Florida families,” Scott said.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Escambia County area was leisure and hospitality with 1,300 new jobs. The  area had 4,966 job openings, including 1,319 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

As of March, Florida’s unemployment rate is at 3.9 percent, a drop of 6.9 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.2 percentage points. In the last year, 132,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent.


2 Responses to “Escambia Unemployment Rate Slips”

  1. BT on April 23rd, 2018 4:21 pm

    Why no comments? Because we’re all working, that’s why!

  2. Sage2 on April 23rd, 2018 11:12 am

    Great news and few comments. Why? Thanks, NE for many positive articles along with the wrecks on a daily basis.

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