Gov. Scott: Orlando area gained 47,200 jobs over the year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 47,200 new jobs, the highest number of jobs in April 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.5 percentage points over the year, from 6.9 percent in April 2013 to 5.4 percent in April 2014.

Governor Rick Scott said, “With 47,200 new jobs added over the year in April, Orlando continues to lead the way in Florida’s opportunity economy. Florida has added more than 600,000 private sector jobs statewide since December 2010 and an unemployment rate continually below the national average, it is clear that our pro-growth, business friendly policies are working here in Orlando.”

In April 2014, the Orlando metro area gained the most jobs over the year among all metro areas in Florida. Jobs were gained over the year in all ten major industry sectors. The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in leisure and hospitality with 14,800 new jobs, professional and business services with 10,300 new jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,900 new jobs.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in April 2014 with 35,482 openings and also ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state with 7,937 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 42,506 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 8,851 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2014 was 6.2 percent and the state’s labor force again increased over the month and over the year for the fourth month in a row. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.3 percent in April 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 600,400 private sector jobs.

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