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Rick Scott says Tampa has now added 43,800 jobs in the last year

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Gov. Rick Scott released a slew of new jobs numbers through April on Friday, and he says that the Tampa area has added 43,800 over the year since April of 2015.

He also announced that:

  • The unemployment rate in Tampa is down to 4.3 percent.
  • The biggest gains were in professional and business services with 14,500 new jobs.
  • Followed by education and health service with 9,100 new jobs.

“It is great news that the Tampa area added nearly 44,000 new jobs over the year,” Scott said in a statement. “This growth, in addition to Tampa’s declining unemployment rate, is further proof that our work to cut taxes 55 times and support job creators is helping connect Floridians across the state with new opportunities to succeed.”



Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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