Today's date is May 17, 2022

Governor Scott Announces Orlando Area Continues to Lead in Job Creation


Governor Rick Scott announced that April 2018 marked 37 consecutive months of the Orlando area having the highest job creation in the state, adding 38,800 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The unemployment rate in Orlando was a low 3.1 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 8,300 new jobs in April bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to more than 1.5 million since December 2010.

Orlando led the state in job growth over the year in the following industries:

Leisure and hospitality with 10,900 new jobs;
Professional and business services with 7,700 new jobs; and
Construction with 6,000 new jobs.

In April, the Orlando area was once again second among state metro areas in job demand with 38,352 job openings. Orlando also remained the second-highest metro area in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 11,224 openings.

As of April, Florida’s unemployment rate remains low at 3.9 percent, a drop of 6.9 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.4 percentage points. In the last year, 125,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.2 percent, which is greater than the national labor force growth rate of only 0.8 percent.

To view the April 2018 employment data visit


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