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Tourism still leads area job growth, but other job types making strides

Construction jobs are growing in the Orlando area, although builders say more are needed.
Construction jobs are growing in the Orlando area, although builders say more are needed.(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel)

The Orlando area added 45,300 jobs between July of this year and a year ago, with construction making strides in growth, despite leisure and hospitality and retail trade remaining the lead sectors.

Professional services, education and health care -- areas that add to the region's professional base -- also showed growth, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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"I expect the remainder of the year to continue this momentum," said Mekael Teshome, economist with PNC Financial Services Group.

"Our economy is tied to the national economy, which is doing well and driving tourism," Teshome said. "Orlando is also very appealing and that is driving an influx of new residents."

Leisure and hospitality added 11,200 jobs, retail added 4,600 and construction added 3,500. Builders have said it has been hard to find these workers, many of whom left the area during the recession.

Add to that another 7,600 professional services positions and 5,200 education and health care jobs. The figures are for Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties.

The numbers show that while the Greater Orlando area continues to rely on tourism, it is also showing clear growth momentum in other industries.

The data also continue a string of strong reports for 2015, showing the Greater Orlando area is continuing to move forward from the great recession.

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