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More than 268,000 job openings in September 2012; an increase of 15 percent over the year

TALLAHASSEE- The number of available online job openings in Florida increased sharply in September 2012 compared to the previous September by 35,277 (+15.1 percent), for a total of 268,575 openings (seasonally adjusted). Additionally, the number of September 2012 job postings was an increase of more than 4,300 over August 2012.

“This increase shows that more employers are seeing positive improvements in their business, are eager to expand, and need the skilled and talented workforce that Florida can provide them,” said Governor Rick Scott.

According to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board, online job demand was strongest in the large metro cities, led by Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Among the cities with the most online ads, the highest percentage gain over-the-year in online ads was in Ft. Myers and Lakeland (each +9.0 percent) followed by Ocala (+6.7 percent).

Major occupational groups with the most online ads in September 2012 were sales and related occupations; healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; office and administrative support occupations; and computer and mathematical occupations.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit .



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