Florida & PBC Jobs Numbers - An In-Depth Look

A Career Fair Ahead Of Jobless Claims Figures

The state released its jobs numbers for May on Friday and Florida's unemployment rate declined by 0.6 of a percent from a year ago, sitting at 4.3 percent.  

Locally, Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity says things are doing equally well.

"In the Palm Beach area, private sector businesses are continuing to create jobs.  In the last year, 13,500 new jobs were created in the area.  The unemployment rate is falling.  If we look again at May of last year to May of this year it is down a half of a percentage point."

Palm Beach County's jobless rate was 3.9 percent in May, same as April.  

Proctor says things all over the state are looking good.

"Nearly 22,000 new jobs were created in the month of May alone, taking the total (number) of jobs created since our governor took office to over 1,377,000 new jobs.  And this is all occuring while the labor force continues to grow.  Currently we're growing at nearly 5 times the national average."

Proctor says the funding secured by the Legislature for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida will mean that jobs will continue to be created in our state.

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