Online job postings at an all-time high in Florida

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The number of seasonally adjusted online Florida job openings in November was the highest it’s ever been. According to data from the Conference Board’s Help Wanted Online, 279,394 jobs were posted on websites. Consumer confidence was also up two points from October to 86, the highest it’s been since before the recession.

“Florida is positioned to become the global leader in business and we are laser-focused on creating opportunities for Floridians to get jobs and provide for their families,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. “November was another great month for Florida’s growing economy with an all-time high of online job openings and consumer sentiment at the highest level since 2007. In just under four years Florida has added almost 680,000 private sector jobs and our unemployment rate is down to 6.0 percent. We will keep working each day to make sure everyone that wants a job has one.”

Job demand in Florida increased more than 4 percent over the month by 10,941 openings and increased 5.8 percent over the whole year. Jobs with the highest number of online ads included industries in sales, healthcare, office and administrative support, and computer and math positions. Online job demand was highest in the large metro cities, led by Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale.

“Job demand and consumer sentiment are now at their highest since the current economic recovery began. The positive indicators reflect an improving economy and show that sound policy makes a difference. Florida’s economy is on the right track,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio.

According to the Governor’s Office, consumer sentiment and online job demand are important economic indicators about Florida’s still improving economic climate.

The Florida Consumer Sentiment Index is calculated by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida and measures five key indicators of consumers’ feelings about the economy. Indicators include a person’s personal financial situation in comparison to the prior year, next year’s anticipated financial situation, expected national economic conditions, anticipated five-year national economic conditions, and whether it is a good time to buy major household items.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email