Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that December 2019 marked 57 consecutive months of the Orlando area having the highest job creation in the state, adding 40,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The unemployment rate in the Orlando area was 2.5 percent in December, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Orlando area were leisure and hospitality with 12,500 new jobs and professional and business services with 12,300 new jobs.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 16,300 new private-sector jobs in December 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.5 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.5 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.0 percent represents a drop of 0.3 percentage point over the year. This is while 220,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.1 percent in the past year.

To view the December 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.



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