Florida's private employers added 17,900 jobs in January — an increase of 3,900 jobs compared with the same month in 2015. The state added the largest number of private sector jobs (3,800) in trade, transportation and utilities, a category that also includes retail jobs. It was followed by 3,700 in professional and business services and 3,600 in construction and mining. Another 1,500 manufacturing jobs were added as well.
The numbers were announced in ADP's regional employment report.
Nationwide, private-sector employment increased by 205,000 from December to January, on a seasonally adjusted basis. That compares with a gain of 213,000 in January 2015.
Regionally, the largest gain — 89,000 jobs — was reported in the South. That was followed by the West with 49,000 jobs, the Midwest with 39,000, and the Northeast with 29,000, ADP said.
Florida's official employment numbers are scheduled to be released March 14. No figures are released in February, a month when officials review and potentially revise data collected during the past year.