Monday, April 23, 2007

Central Florida Unemployment Rate

Metro Orlando led Florida in year-over-year employment gains last month, though the region's unemployment rate was slightly higher than it was in the same month in 2006.

The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reports that the Orlando area unemployment rate held steady from February at 3.1 percent. The rate in March 2006 was 2.9 percent.Metro Orlando added 30,800 jobs, or 2.9 percent, from March 2006, the biggest gain for any metro area. Metro Miami followed with a 1.1 percent.

The construction industry, which is suffering from a downturn in real estate sales, lost 3,000 jobs. Statewide, non-agricultural employment rose 1.5 percent from March 2006 to 8.1 million jobs.