FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — On June 15, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 10,200 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 3.2 percent in May, down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 19,000 new jobs in May bringing the total number of new private-sector jobs created in Florida to more than 1.5 million 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 4,300 new jobs, and professional and business services with 3,600 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale remains among the top four metro areas in online job demand in Florida with 22,173 openings in May. Also, the area had the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,567 job ads.
As of May, Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, a drop of 7.0 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.5 percentage points. In the past year, 124,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.2 percent, which is greater than the national labor force growth rate of 1.1 percent.
To view the May 2018 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.