The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Central Florida region (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter counties) was 3.6 percent in June 2018.

This rate was 0.4 percentage point lower than the region’s year ago rate of 4 percent. The region’s June 2018 unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage point lower than the state rate of 3.9 percent. The labor force was 1,379,985, up 41,007 (+3.1) over the year. There were 49,488 unemployed residents in the region.

The unemployment rates for the five counties that comprise the Central Florida region were: Lake County (3.8 percent), Orange County (3.4 percent), Osceola County (3.9 percent), Seminole County (3.4 percent), and Sumter County (5.7 percent).

In June 2018 nonagricultural employment in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA was 1,282,600, an increase of 44,100 jobs (3.6 percent) over the year.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in leisure and hospitality (11,600 jobs) and professional and business services (9,700 jobs) in June 2018.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in education and health services (7,000 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (5,100 jobs); manufacturing (3,600 jobs); financial activities (3,400 jobs); and other services (1,900 jobs) in June 2018.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in manufacturing (8.1 percent) in June 2018.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA was tied for the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in education and health services (4.7 percent) in June 2018.

The manufacturing (8.1 percent); mining, logging, and construction (6.8 percent); education and health services (4.7 percent); financial activities (+4.6 percent); leisure and hospitality (4.5 percent); professional and business services (4.4 percent); other services (4.3 percent); government (0.3 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.

The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (11,600 jobs); professional and business services (9,700 jobs); education and health services (7,000 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (5,100 jobs); manufacturing (3,600 jobs).