• There are 584,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force.
• The labor force in Florida is 9,405,000.
• Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment is 7,645,000.
• There was an increase of 14,100 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month of December.
• Compared to December 2012, the number of jobs in Florida was up by 192,900, an increase of 2.6 percent.
• Florida’s annual job growth rate in December 2013 was the fastest since June 2006.
• Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded or been equal to the nation’s rate since March 2012.
*All data in reference to December 2013.
The industry gaining the most jobs was Trade, Transportation and Utilities with 60,300 jobs more and 3.9 percent.
Job Gains per Industry
• Trade, transportation and utilities: 60,300 jobs, 3.9 percent
• Professional and business services: 37,400 jobs, 3.5 percent
• Construction: 28,800 jobs, 8.4 percent
• Leisure and hospitality: 24,500 jobs, 2.4 percent
• Private education and health services: 16,500 jobs, 1.5 percent
• Financial activities: 12,400 jobs, 2.5 percent
• Other services: 5,200 jobs, 1.7 percent
• Information: 5,000 jobs, 3.8 percent
• Manufacturing: 4,400 jobs, 1.4 percent
Industry job gains were partially due to increases in:
• Food and beverage stores.
• Employment services.
• Specialty trade contractors.
• Food services and drinking places.
• Ambulatory health care services.
• Real estate.
• Personal and laundry services.
• Publishing industries (except internet).
• Fabricated metal product manufacturing.
The only major industry losing jobs over the year was total government with 1,700 job loss at 0.2 percent, including both federal and state government.
Top 3 Counties with the Lowest Unemployment Rate
• Monroe County: 3.5 percent
• Walton County: 4.0 percent
• Okaloosa County: 4.4 percent
Top 3 Counties with the Highest Unemployment Rate
• Hendry County: 10.2 percent
• Flagler County: 8.8 percent
• Hamilton County: 8.4 percent
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers several resources to help individuals find work.
• Employ Florida Marketplace: This is a job-matching and workforce resources website that helps Floridians with job search. Visit: https://www.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx.
• Workforce Programs: DEO workforce programs and services include the Agricultural Services Program, Alien Labor Certification Program, Disability Program Navigator and more. For a full list of programs and services, visit: http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/workforce-programs.
• CareerSource Florida: Statewide network of workforce professionals who help employers hire and train employees. It also helps job seekers and workers advance in their careers. To access CareerSource, visit: http://careersourceflorida.com/.