Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the news Dec. 21 – Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area is leading all metro areas in over the year job creation with a gain of 22,900 jobs.
The local MSA also had a 2.2 percent decline in unemployment so far this year. Since December 2010, unemployment has declined 3.3 percentage points, from 11.4 percent to 8.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted).
“In communities all throughout Florida, families are finding new job opportunities,” Scott said. “Since 2010, the private sector has created more than 200,000 private sector jobs. Florida’s housing market is improving and unemployment is down.”
The good news continues to Pinellas County where unemployment declined from 8 percent in October to 7.9 percent by the end of November. Compared to last year, unemployment is down 2.1 percent.
And the labor force is growing, going from 445,064 in November 2011 to 449,633 for the same month this year. Last year, 44,617 were reported as unemployed compared to 35,539 in November 2012.
Pinellas County tied with Hillsborough County to rank No. 39 among the state’s 67 counties. The two counties had the same unemployment rate as the state, 7.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted, which is a decline from 8.2 percent a year ago.
The local MSA includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. Hernando’s unemployment rate dropped from 13.1 percent last November to 9.6 percent this year. Pasco County’s numbers improved by 2.6 percentage points going from 11.6 percent in 2011 to 9.0 percent. Hillsborough County’s unemployment decreased 1.9 percent, from 9.8 percent to 7.9 percent.
Hernando County tied with Indian River County for the No. 9 position in rankings by unemployment. Hendry County, with an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent, ranks No. 1. Pasco County tied with Polk and Glades for the No. 13 spot. Monroe County ranked No. 67 with the lowest unemployment in the state, 4.7 percent.
Gov. Scott reported that the local MSA added 9,700 jobs in professional and business services, 8,800 in education and health services, and another 200 jobs in the information industry.
Statewide, leisure and hospitality jobs showed the largest jump, adding 31,200 this year. Trade, transportation and utilities came in second with an additional 24,700 jobs, and 20,700 jobs were added in the professional land business services industry.
Total government continued to lead the way with the most job losses, 9,300 so far this year, followed by construction with a loss of 3,900 jobs and information with job losses of 1,100.
Sixteen of the state’s 22 metro areas report job gains this year. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater leads the way, followed by Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach.