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Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area gained nearly 30,000 jobs over the past year, Gov. Scott announced Monday.

The increase is the third-highest number of jobs among all metro areas in the state compared to a year ago.

The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 2 percentage points over the year.

"Today's news of positive annual job growth and a declining unemployment rate is evidence that it's working for Florida families in the Tampa area," Gov. Scott stated.

The Governor's Office states nine of the 10 major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in January 2014. The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year were in professional and business services with 9,200 new jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 6,300 new jobs; and education and health services with 4,300 new jobs.

Florida's statewide unemployment rate for January 2014 was 6.1 percent, the lowest unemployment rate in the state since June 2008. Since December 2010, Florida has gained 503,500 private sector jobs.

Employment data for February 2014 will be released on March 28, 2014.

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