TAMPA — Florida added 14,580 private-sector jobs in March, a 34.5 percent increase compared with February, but slightly below the 37.4 percent gain in the 29 largest states last month, a report released Wednesday by the business outsourcing and solutions firm ADP says.
Florida created 11,260 service-providing jobs and 3,320 goods-producing jobs in March, the ADP report stated.
The professional and business services sector created the most jobs with 4,670, followed by construction, mining and natural resources with 2,770, trade transportation and utilities with 1,910 and manufacturing with 550.
The report elaborates on an ADP national report earlier this month that showed a nationwide gain among states monitored of 191,000 jobs in March.
It showed the Pacific and South Atlantic census regions with the highest number of new private-sector jobs in March.
“There is a clear divergence between employment growth in the South and West versus the Midwest and Northeast,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and director of the ADP Research Institute.
“The harsh winter in the Northeast and Midwest was certainly a factor, but this trend has been evident for over a year.”
Texas reported the largest number of new private-sector jobs last month with 28,650, followed by California with 25,550, while Florida placed third.
The state of Florida is scheduled to release its March preliminary job figures on Apriil 18.