ORLANDO, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando area gained 41,400 new jobs over the year in September 2015, the highest number of new jobs among all Florida metro areas. Orlando’s unemployment rate dropped by one percentage point over the year, from 5.8 percent in September 2014 to 4.8 percent in September 2015. Florida businesses have added 941,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.
Governor Scott said, “Once again, the Orlando area is first in the state for job creation with over 41,000 new jobs created over the year. Florida’s unemployment rate is continuing to drop because of businesses like those in Orlando that create more jobs every month.”
In September 2015, the industries with the highest job gains over the year in the Orlando metro area were in leisure and hospitality with 14,700 new jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,900 new jobs; and financial activities with 4,800 new jobs. The metro area had the second-highest job demand in Florida in September 2015 with 36,467 openings and also ranked number two in high-wage, high-skill science technology engineering and math (STEM) demand in the state, with 9,427 openings in those fields.
Florida created 8,700 private-sector jobs in September 2015, and a total of 941,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for September 2015 was 5.2 percent. In September, more than 40,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.
To view the September 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.