DEO Press Releases

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Orlando Area Continues to Lead in Job Growth for 49 Consecutive Months

May 17, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that April 2019 marked 49 consecutive months of the Orlando area having the highest job creation in the state, adding 42,700 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The unemployment rate in the Orlando area was 2.7 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago.

The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Orlando area were professional and business services with 15,300 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 8,700 new jobs.

In April, the Orlando area was second among state metro areas in job demand with 51,776 job openings. Orlando also remained the second-highest metro area in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 16,103 openings.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 16,000 new private-sector jobs in April 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 2.0 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent represents a drop of 0.3 percentage point over the year. This is while 136,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent in the past year.

To view the April 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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