Broward County added 17,300 non-agricultural jobs to the region in 2018, with the trade, transportation and utilities and professional services sectors leading that growth, according to Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.
The county added 3,700 trade, transportation and utilities jobs, as well as 3,700 professional services jobs from November 2017 and November 2018. Other industries that contributed the most growth were construction (3,300), other services (2,800), education and health services (2,100), leisure and hospitality (1,500), manufacturing (800) and information (500).
Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, said the economic development agency was gratified to see that the county has experienced strong year-over-year job growth.
“We’re also very pleased to see that the job growth is across numerous occupational sectors, which is a good validation of our success in diversifying Broward’s economy working with our partners," he said.
It wasn't all good news: The county lost 600 financial services jobs and 500 government jobs, according to the data.
At 2.8 percent, Broward's November unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than it was a year before. It's also below Florida's 3 percent rate.
Palm Beach County, in comparison, had a 3 percent unemployment rate, while Miami-Dade's was 3.2 percent.
Statewide, the leisure and hospitality sector experienced the most year-over-year job growth. Florida gained 53,200 jobs in that industry during that period, followed by education and health services (50,700), professional and business services (45,400) and construction (32,900).