Orlando is One of the Top 10 Cities for Job Creation
Orlando is one of the top 10 cities for job creation, according to recent data compiled by Gallup and reported by New York City-based employment search company Monster.
The list, on which Orlando ranks fifth, is based on an index that captures the percentage of workers in each metro who say their employers are expanding their workforce level minus the percentage who say their employers are downsizing their workforce level.
The top 10 cities are as follows:
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Austin, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Houston, Texas
- Orlando, Florida
- San Jose, California
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Detroit, Michigan
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Portland, Oregon
Orlando’s job creation index score was 36, with 48% of employers hiring.
Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs. Orlando is also benefiting from growth in tourism jobs. Orlando, which unfailingly breaks new ground with the number of visitors it welcomes each year, set another kind of record for 2014. With 62 million-plus visitors traveling here last year, Orlando has firmly cemented its position as the most-visited destination in the country, according to tourism figures released by Visit Orlando.
The growth in job creation in Orlando spills over into growth in housing and construction jobs to meet the basic needs of the growing workforce in the area. Orlando has also been highlighted as the hot spot for job growth among small, local businesses that have less than 100 employees.
Overall, throughout 2014, an average of 39% of U.S. workers said their employer was hiring workers, compared with 13% who said their employer was letting workers go, resulting in a nationwide Job Creation Index of +26. Reports of job creation are currently quite strong and have improved each year since 2009.
Sources: “Orlando is one of the top 10 cities for job creation,” Orlando Business Journal; “Top 10 Cities Leading Job Creation in the U.S.,” Monster; and “Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation,” Gallup