Orlando continues to lead the state in job creation, adding more than 48,000 private sector jobs in 2016.
The Governor’s Office announced Friday the region added 48,300 in 2016, with the leisure and hospitality industry adding 16,000 jobs over the year. The region also added 10,200 jobs in the education and health services sector and 9,700 jobs in the construction industry.
“I am proud to announce that the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation with 48,300 new jobs created in 2016,” said Gov. Rick Scott in a statement. “As job creators continue to grow in Central Florida and all across our state, we are seeing more and more families find the opportunities they need to succeed. We will keep working to build on this success and make Florida first for jobs.”
The Orlando area, according to the Governor’s Office, had the second-highest job demand of all the metro areas in December. It also had the second highest demand for high-skill, high-wage jobs.
The region saw an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent in December, lower than the statewide unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. Scott touted statewide job gains in the past year, boasting boasting Florida businesses created 237,300 private sector jobs in 2016.
“Over the last six years, we’ve worked each day to make it easier for job creators to invest and create new opportunities in our state, and we will continue to do everything we can to help Florida out compete other locations as the best place for jobs,” he said.
Scott typically makes the monthly jobs announcement during a press conference, but the Naples Republican was in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the inauguration of Donald Trump.
“Today, as we proudly welcome a new president who will make job creation a top priority across our nation, we stand ready to fight for another great year of economic growth in Florida,” he said.
According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s job growth has exceeded the nation’s rate since 2012. The agency reported December was the 77th consecutive month with “positive over-the-year growth.”
The leisure and hospitality industry continues to make the most gains, growing by 4.6 percent year-over-year.