Florida's January Job Demand Beats the Nation's

Date: February 15, 2016 Last Edit: February 17, 2016

Survey: There were 287,651 job openings across Florida last month.

In good news for Florida small business owners, Gov. Rick Scott announced in February that the state had higher job demand than the U.S. average in January.

There were 287,651 job openings across Florida last month, according to according to Help Wanted OnLine. That’s a .7 percent increase of 1,924 new jobs, which leads national growth of .2 percent.

“While the national job demand only increased by a sluggish 0.2 percent last month, Florida is continuing to see impressive job gains and started the year with more than 287,000 job openings,” the governor said in a prepared statement. “The Sunshine State is leading the nation in job growth and we will continue to welcome job creators to Florida by cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund this year.”

The rebound is evidence that Florida businesses are beginning to thrive in a friendlier economic environment, said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Cissy Proctor.

“Our goal is to make Florida first for jobs by supporting $1 billion in tax cuts and the creation of the new Florida Enterprise Fund,” said Proctor.

The state saw the highest job demand in Tampa, Miami Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale.

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