Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Leads in Job Creation

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 46,200 new jobs over the year in February 2015, the highest number of new jobs among all Florida metro areas. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 6.3 percent in February 2014 to 5.3 percent in February 2015. Florida businesses have added more than 807,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “Orlando added the most jobs of all areas in the state, with 46,200 new jobs over the year. This is great news for families in Central Florida. Economic growth is happening all over the state as businesses have added more than 807,000 new private sector jobs for families since December 2010.”

In February 2015, the Orlando metro area led the metro areas in job gains over the year in leisure and hospitality with 13,400 new jobs, professional, business services with 8,400 new jobs, and financial activities with 3,000 new jobs. All ten major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in February 2015.The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the third-highest online job demand in Florida in February 2015 with 35,357 openings and also ranked number two in high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) demand in the state with 9,807 openings in those fields.

Florida created 14,900 private-sector jobs in February 2015, and a total of 807,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for February 2015 was 5.6 percent. In February, more than 35,900 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards.

To view the February 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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