|Governor Rick Scott|
There were 599,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,608,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.3% in April. Florida’s unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage point lower than the U.S. rate and was below the national rate for the ninth consecutive month.
The number of jobs in Florida was 7,778,500 in April 2014, up 246,800 jobs compared to a year ago. April 2014 was the 45th consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+56,200 jobs, +5.1 percent).
Other industries gaining jobs included leisure and hospitality (+54,500 jobs, +5.3 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+47,000 jobs, +3.0 percent); construction (+43,300 jobs, +12.1 percent); private education and health services (+21,100 jobs, +1.9 percent); financial activities (+11,800 jobs, +2.3 percent); manufacturing (+7,300 jobs, +2.3 percent); other services (+5,000 jobs, +1.6 percent); and information (+2,500 jobs, +1.9 percent).
These industry job gains were partially due to increases in employment services; food services and drinking places; food and beverage stores; specialty trade contractors; ambulatory health care services; insurance carriers and related activities; fabricated metal product manufacturing; personal and laundry services; and telecommunications.
Total government (-2,000 jobs, -0.2 percent) lost jobs over the year. These losses were due to state and local government.
All unemployment rate numbers released are known as U-3, which consists of total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force.
Brevard County Unemployment Rate
|Leisure and Hospitality led job gains in Brevard County. Brevard Times / File Photo.|
Total nonagricultural employment increased by 600 jobs over the year in the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metro area.
Other industries that gained jobs over the year included trade, transportation, and utilities; education and health services; and other services (+200 jobs each).