Florida added 20,500 private-sector jobs last month, according to data released Wednesday by payroll company ADP.
The Regional Employment Report total is a significant improvement over last year, when the state added 13,900 jobs in November, and is also an improvement over October 2015 numbers, which saw 15,400 jobs added in the Sunshine State.
ADP estimates that 17,500 of the new jobs went into the service industry, with the remaining 3,000 heading to goods-producing industries. The company’s industry breakdown estimates the trade, transportation and utilities sector added 5,100 jobs, followed by professional and business services industry at 3,000 and the natural resources, mining and construction industries at 2,900 jobs.
Florida took third place among all states last month, falling behind larger states California and Texas, which added 26,700 and 24,100 private sector jobs, respectively. New York led the Northeast with 11,500 new jobs, and Illinois added the most among Midwestern states with 6,200 new private sector jobs.
The South was the top performing region last month with 88,000 jobs added across its 17 states. Western states added 62,000 jobs, followed by 40,000 new jobs in the Midwest and 28,000 in the Northeast.
ADP and Moody’s Analytics use the payroll company’s in-house data and Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to produce the Regional Employment Report monthly. The next release, covering December, is scheduled for Jan. 13.