The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Central Florida region (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter counties) was 2.7 percent in April.

This rate was 0.5 percentage point lower than the region’s year ago rate of 3.2 percent. The region’s April unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage point lower than the state rate of 2.9 percent. The labor force was 1,375,530, up 21,724  over the year. There were 37,673 unemployed residents in the region.

“The outlook is extremely encouraging for both career seekers and businesses alike with the region’s unemployment rate at its lowest since the start of the year,” said CareerSource Central Florida President and CEO Pamela Nabors.

The unemployment rates for the five counties that comprise the Central Florida region were:  Osceola County (2.9 percent), Lake County (2.9 percent), Orange County (2.6 percent, Seminole County (2.6 percent) and Sumter County (4.4 percent).

In April 2019 non-agricultural employment in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA was 1,333,800, an increase of 44,600 jobs (3.5 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 professional and business services (15,300 jobs); leisure and hospitality (8,700 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (4,700 jobs); and manufacturing (3,100 jobs) in April.

 The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in information (0.4 percent) in April.

 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 (5,900 jobs); government (1,900 jobs); and information (100 jobs) in April.

 The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA was tied for the third highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in trade, transportation, and utilities (2,300 jobs); financial activities (1,300 jobs); and other services (1,300 jobs) in April.

 The manufacturing (6.8 percent); professional and business services (6.7 percent); mining, logging, and construction (5.8 percent); education and health services (3.8 percent); leisure and hospitality (3.3 percent); other services (2.9 percent); government (1.5 percent); and information (0.4 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.

 The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: professional and business services (15,300 jobs); leisure and hospitality (8,700 jobs); education and health services (5,900 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (4,700 jobs); manufacturing (3,100 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (2,300 jobs); government (1,900 jobs); financial activities (1,300 jobs); other services (1,300 jobs); and information

(100 jobs).