The Orlando region is No. 1 in the nation for job growth for the fourth consecutive year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area (MSA) continued its trajectory as the fastest growing job market in the country for 2018. Forbes cited Orlando’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) job growth in recent years as one contributing factor, explaining “Orlando (is) actually now adding STEM jobs at a faster clip than the Bay Area metros."
Florida's geographic location makes it one of the primary logistics sites for any business seeking to access either the East Coast or Gulf Coast of the United States. Florida is the only state with seaport access in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, Florida's location allows for cost-efficient access to the Caribbean and South America.
Governor Scott said, “Florida’s tourism industry and our entire economy continue to flourish. After having record-breaking tourism in 2017, Florida started off the first half of 2018 by welcoming back-to-back record quarters of visitors. These record-breaking achievements allow our economy to create more jobs and adds to our success of having nearly 1.6 million private-sector jobs created in seven and a half years while our state’s unemployment rate is the lowest in over a decade.”
Florida is growing faster in terms of employment growth than the rest of the U.S., which is good for Florida real estate. The three major drivers of the state’s economy are 1) Florida’s business climate, including real estate sales; 2) the U.S. economy and financial market trends; and 3) the global economy.
Job creation in 2017 injected a significant chunk of spending money into the region’s economy with projected direct impact of an additional $2.2 billion in annual payroll added by the growing labor force. That spending power is expected to add $3.4 billion to the gross regional product (GRP) and new state and local tax revenue of $236.9 million.
Orlando’s population has become increasingly educated and is closing the gap between the region and rest of the country. Since 2012, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded within the seven-county region increased 11.8 percent, 3.9 percent above the national average during the same period. Over the last five years, an average of 23,500 baccalaureate students per year have graduated from Central Florida’s higher education institutions.
“The international real estate market is crucial to Orlando’s real estate industry and overall economy,” says Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Garry Walmsley with The Orlando Agency, a Division of Global Real Estate Services, Inc. "There were approximately 61,300 Florida homes sold to foreign nationals during the 2017 study’s 12-month period.