Orlando ranks No. 8 on list of best cities for jobs in 2014

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The greater Orlando area ranks No. 8 on the Forbes list of “The Best Big Cities for Jobs 2014.”

To generate this list, Forbes looked at all 398 metropolitan statistical areas (i.e. “cities”) on a range of indicators derived from employment data from November 2002 through January 2014. Looking at the region’s recent growth trends, mid-term growth, and long-term growth, Forbes defined each city’s “momentum”. Regions were also broken down by size, since regional economies differ due to their scale.

In this analysis, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area is the only in Florida to be in the top 15.

Orlando boasted about 1.1 million jobs in 2013 — representing job growth of 3.3 percent that year, and job growth of 4.7 percent since 2008.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.