Florida added 18,800 private sector jobs in September, an increase from a month earlier and a strong sign that the economic recovery is still chugging along, according to a report released Wednesday morning.
Florida moved up a spot, ranking second behind only Texas, which added an impressive 24,900 private jobs last month, payroll processor ADP's Regional Employment Report showed. The other traditional top-three state, California, fell from first to third with 17,400 new jobs, down significantly from 27,800 jobs it added a month earlier.
As usual, the vast majority of Florida's newly created jobs (16,800) were in the service-producing sector, which skews toward lower wages.
An industry breakdown showed 1,000 new jobs in mining, construction and natural resources; 1,000 in manufacturing; 2,600 in trade, transportation and utilities; and 6,200 in professional and business services.
ADP, working with Moody's Analytics, bases its estimates on worker payroll data. Unlike the monthly jobs reports from the U.S. Labor Department, it does not include government jobs added or lost.
The government report, which includes the state's unemployment rate, is scheduled for an Oct. 21 release.