ORLANDO, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding 50,900 new private-sector jobs over the year in November. The unemployment rate in Orlando was 4.4 percent, dropping by 0.2 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 31,600 private-sector jobs across the state during November 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,266,900 jobs. Governor Scott will highlight this announcement at HostDime, a global data center provider of cloud-based products, later this morning. HostDime recently broke ground on a new data center facility which will help create more than 50 new jobs in Orlando. The company currently employs more than 120 Floridians.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to recognize HostDime’s commitment to investing in our state and their plans to create more than 50 new jobs for Central Florida families. Thanks to growing job creators like HostDime, the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding more than 50,000 new jobs over the year.”

Dennis Henry, VP of US Operations of HostDime, said, “Central Florida is seen as a major technology epicenter in the Southeastern United States and we are proud that HostDime is continuing to grow and create new opportunities for this great community. I appreciate Governor Scott recognizing the success of our company and our hardworking team members today.”

Miguel Torres, HostDime’s VP of Data Center Operations, said, “HostDime works each day to deliver excellence in every level of service to our clients across the globe and we are especially proud of the impact we have on the Central Florida community. On behalf of everyone at HostDime, I thank Governor Scott for his support and commitment to Florida job creators.”

The industries with the largest job growth over the year in the Orlando area were leisure and hospitality with 19,500 new jobs; education and health services with 10,600 new jobs; and construction with 9,600 new jobs. In November, the Orlando area continued to have the second-highest job demand of all the metro areas in Florida with 33,822 job openings. The area also had the second-highest demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 9,711 openings.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in November, as a result of the rapidly growing labor force which increased by 64,000 over-the-month in November alone. For the 56th consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.5 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 38,961 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

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

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