Orlando continues to lead the state in job creation, adding 42,700 new private-sector jobs since last April.

Orlando led all Florida metro areas in: leisure and hospitality with 13,400 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 8,800 new jobs; financial activities with 4,800 new jobs; and manufacturing with 1,600 new jobs.

In April, the Orlando area remained second among state metro areas in job demand with 37,024 job openings. Orlando also had the second-highest demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 10,301 openings.

Gov. Rick Scott said Orlando’s high job numbers are great news for families and businesses in Central Florida.

“Florida’s unemployment rate has also reached a nearly 10-year low, which is sending a message across the country that our state is a top destination for new jobs and opportunities,” Scott said.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in April 2017, down 0.3 percentage point from 4.8 percent in March 2017, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April.

Monroe County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate – 2.6 percent.  Orlando’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. 

Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest since November 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,355,700 new private-sector jobs.

For 61 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.9 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent.

More than 19,033 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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