Published: Apr 04, 2013 11:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASEE, Fla.- Florida Governor Rick Scott recognized three counties in Florida for having the fastest annual job growth rate in Florida for 2012. These were selected from the single county metro areas in Florida. Collier, Lee and Palm Beach County Commissioners were on hand to receive the award at the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Meeting in Tallahassee on Wednesday.


Gov. Rick Scott said, “Florida’s economy continues to grow jobs because of the decisions we have made over the last two years. It’s working. Over the last two years, Florida’s private-sector has created over 294,000 new jobs. Our state is headed in the right direction, and I congratulate Collier, Lee and Palm Beach counties for helping lead the way.”


Collier County

Senator Garrett Richter said, “I am happy that Governor Scott recognizes the work that is being done to help create jobs in Collier County. Our economy is headed in the right direction and we know how important it is to the families who call Collier County home.”


Representative Kathleen C. Passidomo said, “Collier County is a great place to call home and a great place for companies to move or expand. The fact that our county had one of the fastest job growth rates in Florida in 2012 is great news and we must continue to focus on job creation for the residents of Collier.”


Chairwoman Collier County Commission Georgia Hiller said, “As the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County, I want to thank the Governor for his leadership in advancing economic development and job creation in the state of Florida.  His formula for economic success when applied, works as evidenced by what we have achieved in job growth in Collier County.”


Collier County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 3.4 percent was the result of growth in the following industries: professional and business services (+12.4 percent); construction (+4.4 percent); leisure and hospitality (+4.4 percent); and manufacturing (+4.0 percent).


Lee County

Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, said, “The fact that Lee County was one of the fastest growing counties for job creation is welcome news. I applaud Governor Scott, Lee County Commissioners, and the Florida Legislature for helping keep Florida’s economy moving in the right direction.”


Chairman of the Lee County Commission Cecil Pendergrass said, “The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is very proud to accept the award for the 2nd highest job growth rate in the state of Florida. Lee County will continue its efforts toward job creation, such as our adjustment of impact fees to encourage business growth,”


Lee County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 2.5 percent was impacted by growth in the following industries:  leisure and hospitality (+3.9 percent); trade transportation and utilities (+3.7 percent); information (+3.4 percent); and construction (+3.1 percent).


Palm Beach County

Senator Maria Sachs said, “Palm Beach County has a lot to offer potential employers who are looking to move or expand here. It’s exciting to hear that we’re among the top counties for job creation in Florida.”


Representative Bill Hager said, “The job growth in Palm Beach County is truly exciting news for our community. I am proud that the Governor has recognized Palm Beach County, as it is clear that our efforts to reduce taxes and burdensome regulations have allowed local businesses to prosper and create jobs.”


Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick said, "Palm Beach County has created an environment to cultivate workforce talent through a top rated K-20 education system and to work closely with businesses to support job growth through creative government incentives. Palm Beach County has been and continues to be open for business."


Palm Beach County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 2.5 percent was caused mainly by gains in the following industries:  other services (+9.4 percent); professional and business services (+4.2 percent); leisure and hospitality (+4.0 percent); and construction (+3.0 percent).