ORLANDO, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that Orlando area added 44,800 new private-sector jobs over the year in July, the highest number of new jobs among all Florida metro areas. The unemployment rate in Orlando was 4.6 percent, dropping by 0.7 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 26,500 private-sector jobs across the state during July 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,160,700 jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Once again, the Orlando area is leading the state in job creation with 44,800 jobs created over the past year. Not only is Orlando continuing to make impressive strides in job creation, but the area also had the second-highest job demand in the state. While this is great news, we will remain focused on cutting taxes and creating a business-friendly environment so even more opportunities can be created for families across our state.”

The industries with the most job growth over the year in the Orlando area were leisure and hospitality with 10,700 new jobs; construction with 10,400 new jobs; and education and health services with 8,900 new jobs. The Orlando area continues to have the second-highest job demand of all the metro areas with 34,029 job openings, and also has the second-highest demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 9,587 openings.

The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in July, the lowest rate since November 2007. Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.3 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent, for the 52nd consecutive month. More than 31,340 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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

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