Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 13,300 new private-sector jobs in the past year, continuing to be among the top five Florida metro areas for private-sector job growth.
Fort Lauderdale’s unemployment rate remained a low 3.7 percent in June, down 0.3 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 16,900 new jobs in June bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to 1,554,800 since December 2010.
To see the statewide job creation information, click here.
The industries with the highest growth over the year in Fort Lauderdale were construction with 4,100 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,300 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale remains among the top four metro areas in online job demand in Florida with 20,624 openings in June. Also, the area had the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,313 job ads. As of June, Florida’s unemployment rate remained at a low of 3.8 percent, a drop of 7 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.3 percentage points. In the past year, 130,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent, which is greater than the national labor force growth rate of 1.2 percent.
To view the June 2018 employment data click here.