Unemployment for the Orlando area fell below 4 percent in March, led by 3.8 percent unemployment rates in Orange and Seminole Counties, Gov. Rick Scott‘s office announced Friday.

In Scott’s monthly reports, the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding 42,700 new private-sector jobs over the year in March. The unemployment rate in Orlando was 3.9 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. In the last year, Florida businesses created 233,800 new jobs. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent.

The seasonally non-adjusted data released through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity showed Orange County’s unemployment rate in March at 3.8 percent, down from 4.2 percent in February and from 4.3 percent in March 2016; Seminole County’s unemployment rate also dipped to 3.8 percent in March, down from 4.2 in February and 4.3 in March 2016. Osceola County’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in March, down from 4.8 in February and 4.9 in March 2016.

The greater Orlando area came in at 3.9 percent in March.

In neighboring areas [not technically part of the Orlando metropolitan statistical area,] Lake County’s unemployment rate in March was 4.2 percent and Brevard and Volusia counties both at 4.5 percent in March.


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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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