Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Created 28,900 New Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) in gaining the second highest number of jobs in November 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 28,900 new jobs. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.9 percentage points over the year, from 7.7 percent in November 2012 to 5.8 percent in November 2013.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Today’s news that Orlando’s unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points over the year is a huge win for families. With more than 28,000 new jobs, it’s clear we’re succeeding in creating an opportunity economy in Florida.”

In November 2013, the Orlando metro area gained the most jobs over the year in Florida in leisure and hospitality with 7,800 new jobs and was among the top two metro areas in professional and business services with 6,600 new jobs, and education and health services with 5,800 new jobs. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2013 indicates that Orlando area employers expect to continue hiring at a brisk pace. Seventeen percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees.

Housing starts in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA were up by 13.5 percent over the year in October 2013 compared to a year ago. The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in November 2013 with 35,462 openings and also ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state with 7,596 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In November, Workforce Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 42,100 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, 12,091 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 percent in November 2013, down from 6.7 percent in October 2013. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.0 percent since March 2013. Florida has created 446,300 private sector jobs since December 2010.

To view the November 2013 monthly employment data, visit:

www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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