Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Created 39,100 New Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 39,100 new jobs, the highest number of jobs in June 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.3 percent in June 2013 to 5.8 percent in June 2014.

Governor Scott said, “With 39,100 new jobs added over the year in June, Orlando continues to lead the way in Florida’s opportunity economy. This means that more Floridians are able to provide for their family and live the American Dream. Florida has experienced a steadily declining unemployment rate, and it is clear that our pro-growth, business-friendly policies are working.”

In June 2014, the Orlando metro area gained the most jobs over the year among all metro areas in Florida. The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in leisure and hospitality with 12,600 new jobs, trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,100 new jobs, and professional and business services with 7,700 new jobs.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in June 2014 with 35,677 openings and also ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state with 7,617 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In June, CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 35,000 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 7,239 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida created 36,900 private-sector jobs in June 2014, the single highest month of private-sector job creation since the Governor took office. Since December 2010, Florida has created 620,700 private sector jobs. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 was 6.2 percent, down 1.2 percentage points from the June 2013 rate.

To view the June 2014 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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