Gov. Rick Scott stops by SWFL to announce new employment numbers

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NAPLES, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott stopped by the WINK News studio Friday morning before heading to Naples to make a major jobs announcement.

“This is the highest ever in the history of the state since we started tracking the numbers. These are online job openings. we have the fasting job growth in the country, it just passed Texas in January,” said Governor Scott, “so it’s exciting what’s going on.”

Numbers just released show Florida added more than 14,000 jobs during the month of February.

The governor says Florida’s job growth rate is at 3.9 percent, a rate that he says has exceeded the nation since April 2012.

Locally, Naples added almost 6,600 jobs in the past year. The top industries for job gains in Naples were construction, trade, transportation and utilities. Professional and business services added about 1,100 jobs.

Lee County and Collier County both have lower unemployment rates than the average in the state. Lee County has a 5.2 percent unemployment rate, while Collier County is at 5 percent. The state average is at 5.5 percent. Charlotte County is over the state average with an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.

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