Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area has third highest job growth in the State in April

Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) creation of 15,500 new private sector jobs over the year, the third highest number of nonagricultural jobs gained among all metro areas in the state in April 2013. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.8 percentage points over the year, from 8.2 percent in April 2012 to 6.4 percent in April 2013. Since December 2010, the metro area’s unemployment rate has declined 4.5 percentage points from 10.9 percent.

Governor Rick Scott said, “We’re seeing continued economic growth in the Orlando metro area and throughout the state, highlighted by an improving housing market and an increase in jobs. In April, more than 15,000 jobs were created in the Orlando area and that means our pro-job policies are working and our economy is growing stronger each month, creating more opportunities for Florida families to live their version of the American dream.”

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA gained the third highest number of nonagricultural jobs in April 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 15,500 new jobs. The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA led all metro areas in Florida in gains in leisure and hospitality (+6,800 jobs) and was second in the number of education and health services jobs created (+3,000 jobs).

Housing starts in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA increased by 291 units (+63.5 percent) in March 2013 compared to a year ago. The metro area also had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in April 2013 (34,750 openings) and ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, Workforce Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,300 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, 11,457 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

With the addition of 16,700 private sector jobs over the month, Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 33 consecutive months. This adds up to 330,000 new private sector jobs created in Florida since December 2010.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 percent, down from the March 2013 rate of 7.5 percent and the lowest since September 2008. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.9 percentage points.

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