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 April. The unemployment rate in Orlando was 3.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest since November 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,355,700 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce today that the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, which is great news for families and business in Central Florida. Florida’s unemployment rate has also reached a nearly 10 year low, which is sending a message across the country that our state is a top destination for new jobs and opportunities.”

Orlando led all Florida metro areas in the following industries: leisure and hospitality with 13,400 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 8,800 new jobs; financial activities with 4,800 new jobs; and manufacturing with 1,600 new jobs. In April, the Orlando area remained second among state metro areas in job demand with 37,024 job openings. Orlando also had the second-highest demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 10,301 openings.

For 61 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.9 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 19,033 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

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

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