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Florida adds more than 15K private-sector jobs in August

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Florida added another 15,200 private sector jobs last month, according to a new report released by payroll company ADP.

The ADP Regional Employment Report shows the Sunshine State increased by 14,100 service industry jobs and another 1,100 goods-producing jobs, split evenly between manufacturing and mining and construction.

Professional and business services positions made up 4,000 of the new service industry jobs, while 4,200 trade, transportation, and utilities jobs were added in August.

Florida’s gain was a slight dip from July, when the state added 16,400 jobs, but came in slightly ahead of ADP’s numbers from August 2015, when Florida added 15,100 jobs.

The performance was good enough for third place among the states tracked in the report. California topped the list with 27,800 new jobs, followed by Texas with 21,400. The August report marked the first time since January that Texas added more jobs than Florida.

The Top 5 was rounded out by Illinois with 8,900 new jobs and New York with 6,700.

Regionally, the South came out on top with 75,000 new jobs, followed by the West with 53,000, the Midwest with 31,000 and the Northeast with 19,000.

The ADP report combines government jobs data with the company’s in-house payroll data to estimate private sector job growth. The next report, covering September, will be released Oct. 12.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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