DEO Press Releases

Miami Area Remains Third Among State Metro Areas in Job Demand

Oct 20, 2017

MIAMI, Fla. — Today, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced that Miami’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in September, down 1.1 percentage points from a year ago. Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in September, the lowest rate in more than a decade. As of September, Florida’s unemployment rate had dropped 6.9 percentage points since December 2010, faster than the national decline.


Private-sector businesses were severely impacted last month by Hurricane Irma, which resulted in survey data showing a reduction of job numbers solely for the month of September. This also follows the national trend for the month of September. To help Florida families and business owners quickly recover from this massive storm, Governor Scott has activated multiple disaster-related resources, such as the Disaster Unemployment Program and the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.


In September, the Miami area continued to rank third among the state’s metro areas with 25,560 openings, and once again offered the third-highest number of high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs with 6,696 openings.


In September, 20,022 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource South Florida and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards. 


To view the September 2017 employment data visit


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