Greater Tallahassee area sees record job growth

Greater Tallahassee area sees record job growth
Greater Tallahassee area sees record job growth
Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 15:49:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The latest job numbers are out and the greater Tallahassee area continues to see growth.

August was a strong month for jobs in the area. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just put out preliminary numbers for the month and they're showing clear growth over time.

For August, 180,100 total non-farm jobs were reported. Compare that to the same time last year, and it's 2.7 percent more. It's also the fifth month in 2017 with more than 180,000 jobs, which is a record for the Tallahassee metro area.

WTXL talked to the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to find out what's behind the growth.

"I think, in our market particularly, you probably had some pent-up opportunities that people didn't necessarily pursue for a while, because everybody comes off the recession being kind of cautious," said Jay Revell, with the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. "But now, you're just in a place where people are starting to look for properties to buy. They're looking for investments to make. They're looking at companies to buy. They're looking to acquire and grow other opportunities."

The chamber says August is typically when jobs grow even more heading into the end of the year. That means there's a good chance these last few months will continue to see numbers stay high.

The chamber says, based on average growth from August to December, the Tallahassee area could have more than 187,000 non-farm jobs to wrap up 2017.