On Friday Morning, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando area gained 39,900 new jobs over the year in November. In addition, the Orlando area’s unemployment rate declined by 1 full percentage point over the year, dropping to 4.5 percent in November. Florida businesses across the state have added more than 1 million private-sector jobs since December 2010.
“Orlando area businesses continue to be some of the top job creators in Florida, adding nearly 40,000 jobs in the last year.” said Scott “As more businesses invest in Central Florida, more Floridians will have the opportunities they need to get a great job and provide for their families. With more than one million jobs created in five years, we are on track to becoming first for jobs.”
In November, the industries with the highest job gains over the year in the Orlando metro area were in leisure and hospitality with 14,800 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,300 new jobs; and professional and business services with 5,800 new jobs. The metro area had the second-highest job demand in Florida in November with 39,160 openings and also ranked number two in high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) demand in the state, with 9,758 openings in those fields.
Scott also announced that the state has created more than 1 million jobs since December 2010 and that Florida’s unemployment rate also dropped to 5.0 percent, the lowest in seven years. Florida’s annual private sector job growth rate, now at 3.6 percent, has exceeded that of the nation since April 2012.
“Florida’s hardworking businesses have created MORE THAN 1 MILLION JOBS across Florida in just five years.” continued Scott “Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making it easier for job creators to succeed, our businesses are creating jobs faster than we ever expected. Even though today’s news is great, we have to continue to diversify our economy by cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the Florida Enterprise Fund so Florida can be FIRST for jobs.”