The Pensacola area gained an estimated 9,200 private-sector jobs over the 12 months ending in April, according to new data released by DEO. The figure equates to a 5.9% increase in private sector employment and came alongside an 8,023-person increase in the regional labor force.
Additionally, the unemployment rate fell from 4.3% to 2.3% over the same 12-month span and is currently 0.7% below the state average and 1.3% below the national average.
For the purposes of jobs numbers, the Pensacola region is defined as the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area. It includes all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
– Ryan Nicol, Florida Politics