ORLANDO, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando area gained 43,000 new jobs over the year in October, the highest number of new jobs among all Florida metro areas for 33 consecutive months. Orlando’s unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year to 4.6 percent in October. Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “Orlando has led the state’s metro areas in job creation for almost three years, and Central Florida’s growing economy is great news for local businesses and families. I look forward to seeing even more success in Orlando as Florida continues on the path to becoming first for jobs.”

In October, the industries with the highest job gains over the year in the Orlando area were in leisure and hospitality with 16,600 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 10,100 new jobs; and professional and business services with 8,100 new jobs. The metro area had the second-highest job demand in Florida in October with 37,169 openings and also ranked number two in high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) demand in the state, with 9,381 openings in those fields.

Florida created 36,600 private-sector jobs in October, the highest one-month total for jobs added in ten years. Since December 2010, 978,800 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October was 5.1 percent, the lowest in seven years. In October, more than 34,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the October 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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