February Job Demand Up 21 Percent In Brevard
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // March 10, 2015
292,249 job openings statewide in feburary
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Monday the number of online job openings in Florida reached an all-time high in February 2015 and Palm Bay/Brevard County is in line with the upward trending demand.
Brevard County showed a total of 7,955 open jobs being advertised online for the same time period.
This is an increase of 1,386 local jobs or 21% more than the prior month of January 2015.
“We like the trends we are seeing,” said Mayor William Capote.
“When job demand is high it means good things for the economy and we hope the trend continues.”
According to the governor’s office this is the highest level since November 2006 and is the seventh consecutive month of increases.
“Every new job represents an opportunity to achieve the dream of America, and this record high job demand is great news for Florida families,” Governor Scott said.
Job demand statewide increased over the month by 13,005 openings which is an increase of 4.7%.
The overall increase for the year was 22,628 opening which is an increase of 8.4%.
Major occupational groups with the most online ads in February were healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, sales and related occupations, office and administrative support occupations and computer and mathematical occupations.
“I am thrilled to see a significant increase in online employment ads,” said Deputy Mayor Harry Santiago Jr.
“More jobs on the demand-side mean more of a need for personnel on the supply-side. The State and local governments should continue to improve upon an environment conducive to economic growth by promulgating fewer taxes, less regulations and securing a plan that will maintain a steady flow of certified workers to fill key positions in two of the fastest growing sectors in the State of Florida: technology and healthcare.”
One of the most notable acquisitions in Palm Bay was the completion of Harris’ new Technology Center which held its grand opening last month.
“It is a good news day, for Palm Bay, and our great State,” said Councilman Tres Holton.
“Now is the time for our leaders to resist prematurely harvesting and instead reduce our local taxes and red-tape to realize the potential of new positive growth. If done right, Palm Bay will lead Brevard County again in economic development.”
The city is also seeing new development underway with the Riverview Resort in the Bayfront area, and D.R. Horton home builders is nearing completion of its new Brevard County headquarters in the city.
Consumer confidence in Florida is also high according to the governor’s office. February’s consumer sentiment is up to 94.7.
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 one’s personal financial situation compared to a year ago, personal financial situation expected one year from now, expected national economic conditions over the next year, expected national economic conditions over the next five years and whether it is a good time to buy major household items.
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