Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area gained 39,900 new jobs in September

~Most jobs gained among all metro areas in Florida~


ORLANDO — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 39,900 new jobs over the year in September 2014. This is the highest number of jobs among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 6.6 percent in September 2013 to 5.7 percent in September 2014.


Governor Scott said, “The Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, with 39,900 new jobs over the year in September. Florida has added 651,300 private-sector jobs statewide since December 2010 and the unemployment rate is now down from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent. Our policies are helping Florida families get back to work, and we will keep working to make sure every person in Florida who wants a job can get one.”


In September 2014, the Orlando metro area led the metro areas in job gains over the year in leisure and hospitality with 13,300 new jobs, professional and business services with 11,300 new jobs, and construction with 4,500 new jobs.


The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in September 2014 with 34,554 openings and also ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state with 7,869 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In September, CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 43,800 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, 9,362 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs in September 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 651,300 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.1 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from the September 2013 rate.


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