The Orlando market continues to lead the state in job creation, adding 48,300 new, private-sector jobs   over the year ending in August, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.

Orlando’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in August, a 0.7 point drop since the same month last year.

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in Orlando continued to be in the generally lower-paying but dominant field of leisure and hospitality, adding 13,600 in that sector, the governor’s office reported Friday. However, there also were significant increases in construction (10,200 new jobs), and in education and health services (8,400 new jobs.)

In August, Orlando continued to boast the second-highest job demand (behind only Tampa) of all metro areas in Florida, posting 35,157 job openings, according to the the jobs report released by the governor. That included the second-highest demand (also behind Tampa) for high-skill, high-wage occupations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with 9,853 openings.

“I am proud to announce the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding more than 48,000 new jobs over the past year. Creating jobs for our families is our No. 1 priority and over the last five years, we’ve helped more than one million Floridians find opportunities to succeed in our state,” Scott stated in a news release issued by his office.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate remained low at 4.7 percent, the lowest rate since November 2007. For the 53rd consecutive month, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.4 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. More than 33,058 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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@flordiapolitics.com or scottmichaelpowers@yahoo.com.

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