DEO Press Releases

Orlando Area Leads the State in Job Creation

Oct 20, 2017

Orlando Created More Than 25,000 Jobs Over the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. — Today, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the Orlando’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent, down 1.5 percentage points from one year ago. Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in September, the lowest rate in more than a decade. As of September, Florida’s unemployment rate had dropped 6.9 percentage points since December 2010, faster than the national decline.

Private-sector businesses were severely impacted last month by Hurricane Irma, which resulted in survey data showing a reduction of job numbers solely for the month of September. This also follows the national trend for the month of September. To help Florida families and business owners quickly recover from this massive storm, Governor Scott has activated multiple disaster-related resources, such as the Disaster Unemployment Program and the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

In September, the Orlando area remained second among state metro areas in job demand with 33,270 job openings. Orlando also remained the second-highest metro area in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 9,944 openings.

In September, 20,022 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards. 

To view the September 2017 employment data visit




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