More Than 27,000 New Jobs Created in Tampa Bay
On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Tampa Bay added 27,300 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the third-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas. The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in September, down 0.3 percentage point from one year ago.
The industry with the highest growth was professional and business services with 8,100 new jobs. It also remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in September with 56,423 openings. Tampa Bay also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 18,164 openings in September 2019.
Statewide, Florida businesses created 8,700 new private-sector jobs in September 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.2 percent represents a drop of 0.1 percentage point over the year. This is while 154,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.5 percent in the past year.