Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) creation of 13,700 new jobs over the year, the fourth highest number of nonagricultural jobs gained among all metro areas in the state in March 2013. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 2.1 percentage points over the year, from 8.7 percent in March 2012 to 6.6 percent in March 2013. Since December 2010, the metro area’s unemployment rate has declined 4.3 percentage points from 10.9 percent.

Governor Rick Scott said, “We’re seeing continued economic growth in the Orlando area, highlighted by 13,700 new jobs and a drop in the unemployment rate decline by 2.1 percentage points for March 2013. With more opportunities to find employment and more people being hired, Floridians in the Orlando area are able to provide for their families and pursue the American dream.”

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA gained a total of 13,700 nonagricultural jobs over the year, leading all metro areas in job gains in leisure and hospitality (+8,500) and was second in the number of education and health services jobs created (+5,500).

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in March 2013 (33,072 openings) and also ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

Housing starts in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA increased by 113 units (+21.8 percent) in February 2013 compared to a year ago.

In March, Workforce Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 32,800 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 8,736 previously received Reemployment Assistance.  In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.5 percent, down from the revised February 2013 rate of 7.8 percent and the lowest since October 2008.  The state experienced an increase of 32,400 private sector jobs over the month. This increase brings the total number of private sector jobs created since December 2010 to 321,700. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.6 percentage points.

To view the March 2013 monthly employment data, visit:

www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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