ORLANDO, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding 42,700 new private-sector jobs over the year in March. The unemployment rate in Orlando was 3.9 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. In the last year, Florida businesses created 233,800 new jobs, bringing the total number of new jobs added since December 2010 to 1,353,000.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Orlando continues to lead the state in job creation and that local businesses created nearly 43,000 new jobs for Central Florida families over the year. This growth sends a message across the entire country that Florida is the best place for businesses to invest and for families to find opportunities to succeed.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the Orlando area were leisure and hospitality with 12,000 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 8,200 new jobs and professional and business services with 7,100 new jobs. In March, the Orlando area remained second for state metro areas in job demand with 34,402 job openings. Orlando also had the second-highest demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 9,679 openings.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 60,600 new jobs in first quarter of 2017 and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent. For the fifth consecutive year, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 26,844 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the March 2017 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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