Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Gains 36,500 New Jobs in August

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 36,500 new jobs over the year in August 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 0.7 percentage points over the year, from 7.0 percent in August 2013 to 6.3 percent in August 2014.


Governor Scott said, “Leading all metro areas, Orlando has added 36,500 new jobs over the year in August and continues to demonstrate their strong local economy. Florida has added 643,100 private-sector jobs statewide since December 2010, showing that our business-friendly policies are working to allow more Floridians to achieve the American Dream.”


In August 2014, the Orlando metro area led the metro areas in job gains over the year in leisure and hospitality with 11,500 new jobs, professional and business services with 10,700 new jobs, and construction with 4,400 new jobs.


The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest online job demand in Florida in August 2014 with 36,275 openings and also ranked number two in STEM overall demand in the state with 7,235 openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In August, CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 38,400 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, 8,134 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 23,000 private-sector jobs in August 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 643,100 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 was 6.3 percent, down 0.8 percentage points from the August 2013 rate.


To view the August 2014 employment data visit



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