DEO Press Releases

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Fort Lauderdale Area Created Nearly 18,000 New Jobs Over the Year

Jul 19, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 17,700 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The Fort Lauderdale area’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in June, down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area was professional and business services with 10,300 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale remains among the top four metro areas in online job demand in Florida with 30,758 openings in June. Also, the area had the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 8,741 job ads.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 11,500 new private-sector jobs in June 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent represents a drop of 0.2 percentage point over the year. This is while 124,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.2 percent in the past year.

To view the June 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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