Orlando led the nation in job growth with 52,200 jobs created in the 12 months ending in December 2015, according to revised data released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Employment growth in 2015 came in at a revised 4.6 percent, making Orlando the fastest-growing of the 30 regions in the country with an employment base of at least one million jobs.
The revised 2015 total is Orlando’s highest annual gain since 2004, extending a run of recent growth that now brings total net gains since early 2010 to almost 215,000 jobs, far surpassing the 120,000 lost during the recession. The revised count means the region added an average of close to 150 jobs per day in 2015, with almost all major industries participating. Business services was the dominant contributor at more than 44 new jobs daily, followed by the region’s headline tourism industry at 27 jobs per day.
“This revised official data confirms Orlando’s position as the country’s leading job growth center,” said Orlando EDC Chair David Fuller, President of the SunTrust Foundation. “These numbers show our efforts to showcase Orlando as not just a great place to visit, but a great place to do business through our branding campaign, “Orlando, You don’t know the half of it.®” are paying off.”
The study scored employees reports on hiring activity and used a job index score based on the percentage of workers in each metro area who say their employer is hiring workers and expanding the size of its workforce minus the percentage who say their employer is reducing the size of its workforce