Jacksonville’s February job growth rate tops all other Florida metro areas

Florida’s economy added 52,000 jobs in February.

It marks 22 straight months of job growth and 11 straight months the state’s employment sector growth has outpaced that of the nation.

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Jacksonville specifically had plenty to brag about in the latest jobs report released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The Jacksonville metro area had the highest one-month job growth rate in the state, increasing 1.1% in February.

The city also added the second highest number of jobs in February, increasing by 8,100.

The JAX Chamber does not expect this growth to slow anytime soon.

CEO Daniel Davis said the numbers tell a positive story.

“Clearly what we’ve done in Jacksonville is we’re attracting business. We attract people to our community because we have a great quality of life,” Davis said.

In particular, construction jobs saw a strong increase in February.

With 4,300 jobs added in the sector, Jacksonville led all metropolitan areas in the state.

“Construction workers are hard working people who want to be strong contributors to the community, and it’s been great to see all the growth they’ve seen,” Davis said.

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Davis said the city’s economic growth can be attributed in part to local economic policies.

“It’s a clear direction during the pandemic of people, although in the midst of a crisis this community has grown and I think policies like low tax environment, high quality of life and at the listen, we can promote Jacksonville in the northeast in January when it turns 70. degrees on. It’s a great story to tell,” Davis said.

Going forward, Davis said to keep an eye on the fintech industry in Bold City.

“And those are great paying jobs, clean jobs, and we all want to attract more of them to this community,” Davis said.

The unemployment rate in the Jacksonville metro area sits at 2.8%, two tenths of a percent below the state unemployment rate and more than a point below the national rate.

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