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GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES 40 NEW JOBS IN GAINESVILLE; UNEMPLOYMENT TICKS DOWNWARD TO 8.7%
Touring a research and manufacturing plant today in Gainesville, Governor Scott announced 40 new jobs would be coming to the area once expansion plans are completed. The announcement came just before the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Florida’s unemployment rate ticked downward from 8.8% to 8.7% and that 3,500 new private sector jobs were created in Florida during the month of September.
Prioria Robotics is a homegrown Florida company that was established in 2003 by University of Florida business and engineering alumni. Focusing on unmanned systems, Prioria enhances UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology.
For this expansion project, Florida competed successfully against Canada, Georgia and North Carolina. Thirty-five new jobs, which will pay an average annual wage of $67,588, are slated to complement the 30 positions Prioria had.
“We won this project because of our state’s business-friendly environment as well as the strong community partnerships that Gainesville offers and the talent base available at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College,” said Gov. Scott. “It’s a pleasure to look in on Prioria’s progress because it’s a preview of a promising future for business in Florida.”
On the new unemployment and job creation numbers, Governor Scott added, “In September, we saw continued private sector job growth and an increase in the number of available job openings around the state, which means that more employers are hiring and utilizing the skills and talents of thousands of Floridians. These numbers today tell us two things – we still have more work to do to grow our economy, and we are heading in the right direction.”