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Gov. Scott: Orlando Area Remains State Leader in Job Creation ………..

ORLANDO, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott has announced that the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation, adding 47,800 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The unemployment rate in Orlando was 3.6 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 21,900 new jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate since August 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,377,100 new private-sector jobs. Governor Scott made the announcement at Dusobox, an Orlando manufacturer that currently employs 78 Floridians and has created nearly 20 new jobs over the past year.

Governor Scott said, “I was proud to announce today that the Orlando area continues to lead the state in job creation at Dusobox, a Central Florida manufacturer that has created nearly 20 new jobs for Orlando families over the past year. I appreciate the Florida Legislature for working to establish the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to ensure job creators and families have the resources and opportunities to succeed in our state.”

The industries with the most job growth over the year in the Orlando area were leisure and hospitality with 14,700 new jobs; professional and business services with 9,700 new jobs; and trade, transportation and utilities with 9,300 new jobs. In May, the Orlando area remained second among state metro areas in job demand with 38,589 job openings. Orlando also had the second-highest demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 11,035 openings.

For 62 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.8 percent. In May, 28,671 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards. 

To view the May 2017 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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