July 24, 2014

Press Release

Gov. Scott: More than 260,000 Openings Statewide; February Online Job Vacancies Increase 8 Percent

| 3/12/2013

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the number of available online job openings in Florida increased by 8.8 percent in February 2013 compared to the previous February by 21,366, for a total of 263,240 openings (seasonally adjusted). Job postings in Florida also increased over the month compared to January 2013 by 256 openings (+0.1 percent).

Governor Scott said, “Our efforts to cut taxes, cut regulations and make government live within its means has resulted in the creation of nearly 200,000 private sector jobs for Florida families. With online job postings up by more than eight percent in February, it’s clear that our work to grow jobs and opportunities is working. While this is great news, we’ll continue working to grow more jobs for Florida families.”

Florida’s labor demand, measured by online advertised vacancies, bottomed out in April 2009 at 152,181 ads. Since then it has increased by 72.8 percent, adding 111,059 job openings.

According to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board, online job demand was highest in the large metro cities, led by Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Among the cities with the most online ads, the highest percentage gain over the year in online ads was in Ocala (+51.3 percent).

Major occupational groups with the most online ads in February were sales and related occupations; healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; office and administrative support occupations; and management occupations.

Top Advertised Occupations for Florida-February 2013
Online Ads February 2013
Online Ads February
2012
Florida Total Ads
263,240
241,874
Registered Nurses
14,856
11,670
Retail Salespersons
8,020
7,109
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
6,440
5,964
Customer Service Representatives
5,564
5,197
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
5,420
4,191
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
4,757
3,676
Sales Reps, Wholesale & Mfg, Except Technical & Scientific Products
4,177
4,086
Medical and Health Services Managers
3,549
2,774
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
3,501
2,865
Web Developers
3,361
3,249
Computer User Support Specialists
3,242
2,494
Accountants
3,098
2,558
Computer Systems Analysts
3,047
2,084
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
3,042
3,242
Insurance Sales Agents
2,919
2,390
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
2,896
2,124
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
2,843
2,679
Marketing Managers
2,807
3,512
Occupational Therapists
2,798
2,272
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
2,761
2,418

SOURCE: The Conference Board, Help Wanted OnLine, prepared by the Florida Department of EconomicOpportunity, Labor Market Statistics Center.

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