Leisure and hospitality employment in the Orlando metro statistical area rose 4.6 percent when compared to February last year, an increase of 11,600 jobs. Growth in industry employment outpaced the 3.8 percent year-over-year increase in total private employment in the Orlando area, accounting for 27 percent. Growth in leisure and hospitality employment has been a key contributor to the Orlando's unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, which is below the state and national rates of 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively (rates not seasonally adjusted).