TAMPA — Florida added 16,640 private sector jobs in September, second best nationwide, during a month when U.S. figures fell short of analysts projections, a report released Wednesday by the business outsourcing and solutions firm ADP said.
Florida’s performance reflected a 0.26 percent growth rate in September compared with August, also the second best rate nationwide.
The report with data covering the nation’s 29 largest states elaborates upon ADP’s national report earlier this month, which showed a nationwide gain of 166,000 private sector jobs.
It showed the South Atlantic region with the highest percentage increase in jobs month-over-month - 0.18 percent.
Texas reported the largest numbers of new private sector jobs created, followed by Florida, California, Illinois and Ohio.
The national ADP report indicated the job market has softened in recent months.
ADP figures gained added significance this month because the partial federal government shutdown has delayed U.S. Labor Department monthly job reports.
The state of Florida is scheduled to release its monthly job report on Oct. 18.