Orlando added more jobs than any other Florida metro last month.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that the Sunshine State added 21,900 private sector jobs in December, with 3,700— more than one in six — of those jobs heading to the Orlando area, defined as the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Governor’s announcement noted that the new numbers mark the 45th consecutive month the Orlando area led the state in job creation.

Overall, Florida added 241,000 private-sector jobs in 2018. More than a fifth of those jobs — 52,400 — were created in Central Florida.

By comparison, Tampa Bay added 26,700, Miami added 22,000, West Palm Beach added 19,300, Fort Lauderdale added 15,400, Southwest Florida added 12,000 and Jacksonville added 10,800

Broken down by industry, there were 15,400 new professional and business services jobs, 11,400 new construction jobs and another 10,100 leisure and hospitality jobs added in 2018.

Another positive metric: The region has a lower unemployment rate than the state

December saw Orlando unemployment drop three-tenths of a point to 3.0 percent, a figure that meets many economists’ definition of full employment. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent last month, which represents a drop of 0.6 percentage points over the year.

Orlando also placed high in job demand, with 44,675 job openings in December. Nearly 13,500 of those openings were for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations, which was also put it in the No. 2 position in that measure. The Tampa Bay region placed first in both.

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