Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Orlando Area Continues to Lead in Job Growth for 54 Consecutive Months
Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that September 2019 marked 54 consecutive months of the Orlando area having the highest job creation in the state, adding 45,600 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The unemployment rate in the Orlando area was 2.8 percent in September, down 0.2 percentage point from one year ago.
The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Orlando area was professional and business services with 21,100 new jobs.
In September, the Orlando area was second among state metro areas in job demand with 48,360 job openings. Orlando also remained the second-highest metro area in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,923 openings.
Statewide, Florida businesses created 8,700 new private-sector jobs in September 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.2 percent represents a drop of 0.1 percentage point over the year. This is while 154,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.5 percent in the past year.
To view the September 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.