The Orlando area leads the state in job creation, adding 40,800 new private-sector jobs in the last year, according to employment numbers announced Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.
The unemployment rate in Orlando dropped to 3.8 percent, down 0.9 percentage point from one year ago and just under the state’s 4 percent unemployment rate – the lowest since June 2007.
Orlando led the state in job growth over the year in the following industries: leisure and hospitality with 11,600 new jobs; financial activities with 3,500 new jobs; and manufacturing with 2,600 new jobs.
The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Osceola counties.
In August, the Orlando market remained second among state metro areas in job demand with 34,231 job openings. Orlando also remained the second-highest metro area in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 9,659 openings.
Statewide, Florida businesses created 22,100 new jobs in August.
Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.9 percent exceeds the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent, continuing the 65-month trend of our state’s rate being higher than the nation’s, according to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.