Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Gained 47,500 New Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 47,500 new jobs over the year in December 2014. This is the highest number of jobs among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.6 percentage point over the year, from 5.6 percent in December 2013 to 5.0 percent in December 2014. Florida businesses have added 728,500 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “With 47,500 new jobs in December and an unemployment rate of 5.0 percent, the Orlando metro area continues to lead the state in positive economic growth. Florida’s businesses and the hardworking people of our state have created more than 728,000 new jobs over the last four years. Every job represents the opportunity to positively impact a family, so we will keep working to grow opportunities for every Floridian.”

In December 2014, the Orlando metro area led the metro areas in job gains over the year in leisure and hospitality with 15,700 new jobs, professional and business services with 9,800 new jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,300 new jobs. The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the third-highest online job demand in Florida in December 2014 with 29,243 openings and also ranked number two in high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) demand in the state with 7,580 openings in those fields.

Florida created 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for December 2014 was 5.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the December 2013 rate.

In December, more than 39,600 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards. To view the December 2014 employment data visit


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