The unemployment rate in the Workforce Central Florida region (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter counties) was 8.6 percent in August 2012. The region's jobless rate was down 2.1 percentage points from 10.7 percent a year ago and was 0.4 percentage point lower than the state rate of 9.0 percent. Out of a labor force of 1,182,487 there were 102,023 unemployed residents in the region.
* Osceola County's unemployment rate (9.5 percent) was the highest of the counties that comprise the Workforce Central Florida region. The unemployment rates in the other counties were: 9.3 percent in Lake County, 8.6 percent in Orange County, 7.9 percent in Seminole County, and 7.1 percent in Sumter County.
* Nonagricultural employment in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area (Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) was 1,027,300 in August 2012, an increase of 2.6 percent from a year ago. It was the strongest job growth rate in the metro area since July 2007 when it was also 2.6 percent. Statewide, employment was up 1.2 percent since August 2011.
* The metro area gained 26,400 jobs over the year with most major industries gaining jobs. Leisure and hospitality (+9,500 jobs) gained the most jobs, followed by professional and business services (+7,000 jobs); education and health services (+4,500 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,800 jobs); government (+1,600 jobs); information (+400 jobs); manufacturing (+200 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (+100 jobs).
* The only two industries losing jobs over the year were financial activities (-600 jobs) and other services (-100 jobs).
* The metro area's over-the-year growth rates in leisure and hospitality (+4.7 percent); professional and business services (+4.4 percent); education and health services (+3.7 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+2.0 percent); and information (+1.7 percent) were stronger than the statewide growth rates in these industries. Mining, logging, and construction and government were up over the year in the metro area but lost jobs statewide.
* The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area gained more nonagricultural jobs over the year than any other Florida metro area last month. The metro area also led the state in over-the-year job gains in leisure and hospitality and government.
- Volusia - 9.1%
- Brevard - 9.4%
- Marion - 10.1%