Orlando area led the entire state in job growth for March

Orlando area led the entire state in job growth for March

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

More than 20,000 jobs were created across Florida in the month of March, but the unemployment rate in the state inched up by a tenth of a point, from 6.2 to 6.3 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday came to an engineering firm in Central Florida to make the announcement.

"In the month of March, the private sector added over 20,000 jobs in one month, so congratulations," Gov. Scott said.

The number was closer to 23,000, despite that fact the percentage rose by one-tenth of a point. Still, Gov. Scott said he is not concerned.

"We're below the national average. We're at 6.3 percent. The most important thing is 20,000 more jobs, 560,000 new jobs in our state since December of 2010. So it's clearly working in our state."

The governor highlighted a job created by Power Grid Engineering in Winter Springs. Andres Valencia started working there in January after graduating college and having a difficult time finding a job. The governor joked that the nearly bald Valencia had "the right haircut." Valencia was not concerned with the overall jobs picture. He was most concerned about one person, finding himself a job.

"I just really want to thank the company for giving me the opportunity. I worked really hard for my degree and I hope I can do my best."

One of the reasons behind why unemployment went up in Florida is because more people are now entering the work force, according to analysts.

Another positive piece of news is that the metro Orlando area led the entire state in job growth for March.  The leisure and hospitality industry saw a gain of 9,500 jobs.  Trade, transportation, and utilities created 8,200 new jobs, and professional and business services added 5,500 new jobs.

The Orlando MSA's unemployment rate has declined by 1.2 percentage points over the year, from 7.2 percent in March 2013 to 6 percent in March 2014.

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