ORLANDO, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Orlando area added 49,600 new private-sector jobs over the year in April, the highest number of new jobs among all Florida metro areas for four consecutive months. In addition, the Orlando area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year to 4.1 percent in April. Governor Scott made the announcement at ODC Construction, Florida’s largest shell construction contractor. ODC recently moved into a new, larger facility in Orlando to continue to build on their growth.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Orlando continues to lead the state in job creation, with more than 49,000 jobs created over the year. I was also excited to make today’s announcement at one of the many growing job creators in Florida, ODC Construction. ODC has created 400 jobs for local families and has more than tripled their workforce in just five years.”

ODC Construction CEO Isaac Lidsky said, “We’re honored to have Governor Scott with us today to cut the ribbon on our new headquarters, which will enable us to continue to grow with our valued customers as Florida thrives.”

The industries with the greatest job growth over the year in the Orlando area were leisure and hospitality with 12,900 new jobs; construction with 8,800 new jobs; and trade, transportation, and utilities with 8,100 new jobs. The Orlando area continues to have the second-highest job demand in Florida with 39,102 job openings, and the second-highest demand for high-wage, high-skill STEM occupations with 10,871 openings.

Since December 2010, 1,094,800 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in April, the state’s lowest in more than eight years. Florida businesses created 244,300 private-sector jobs over the year in April, exceeding the nation’s private-sector job growth rate for 49 consecutive months. Also, 35,386 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the April 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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