The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the Orlando Area September 2021 Employment Data –

~Governor DeSantis Announces the Orlando Area Private-Sector Employment Increased by 79,000 Jobs Over the Year~

Orlando, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Orlando area added 79,000 new private-sector jobs over the year, a 7.6% increase, and gained the second-highest number of private-sector jobs in September 2021 and over the year among all of the state’s metro areas. Orlando’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5% in September 2021, down from 8.7% reported in September 2020.
Statewide, Florida’s successful economy is driving the nation’s positive economic activity. Florida’s economy accelerated in September 2021, growing three times faster over the month than the nation. This month marks 17 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, adding nearly 73,000 jobs over the month, increasing by 5.6% over the year. Florida has experienced this magnitude of monthly private-sector job growth on only four other occasions in the past 30 years.
The Orlando area labor force in September 2021 increased by 76,398 over the year, a 6.0% increase. The industries gaining the most amount of jobs over the year include leisure and hospitality, increasing by 26,500 jobs, and professional and business services, increasing by 13,600 jobs. The Orlando area gained the most jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry among all metro areas.

The state of Florida’s labor force has increased for 11 consecutive months, by 50,000 workers over the month and a growth rate of 5.4% over the year, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 0.8%. Florida’s unemployment rate of 4.9% for September 2021 dropped 0.1 percentage point from August 2021. Data in the month of September indicates that there continue to be many job opportunities available for Floridians throughout the state, with more than 520,000 jobs posted online.
Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance to register with Employ Florida ( and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve employability assistance, perfecting resume writing, interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.
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