Florida Jobs Report: 1.8 million job openings in the state
FLORIDA (AP) 1.4 million new jobs were added in Florida over the past year, bringing the state’s total to nearly 1.85 million, according to a report released Tuesday.
Job seekers and employers have long complained about a lack of available positions in the Sunshine State, which has seen a string of hurricanes and wildfires.
That has led some to wonder if the jobless rate could go higher.
Rick Scott’s administration says the new jobs are just the tip of the iceberg.
“The jobs created are a fraction of the number of jobs lost.
These numbers are the tip in a very, very large iceberg,” Scott said in a statement.”
The governor’s administration is committed to making sure we keep Florida on track for the long-term,” said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
He added that the state is also looking to add about 400,000 jobs in the next two years.
Scott also noted that Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6% from 4.9% in February, and it is on track to be near or below 4% by the end of 2017.
“These numbers show that our economy is back on track,” he said.