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.