The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the Fort Lauderdale Area May 2021 Employment Data

Jun 18, 2021

~Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Private Sector Employment Increased by 61,400 Jobs Over the Year~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Florida has experienced thirteen consecutive months of job growth, gaining 595,000 private sector jobs over the year and 839,800 jobs since the height of the pandemic. In May, Florida gained 35,800 private sector jobs and added more than 52,500 online job postings over the month for a total of 512,858 available jobs posted online throughout the state. Florida’s unemployment rate of 4.9 percent has remained below the national rate, currently at 5.8 percent, for ten consecutive months. Florida’s unemployment rate has dramatically lowered over the year, decreasing by 9.3 percentage points.

The unemployment rate in the Fort Lauderdale area was 5.2 percent in May, down from 17.4 percent reported in May 2020. The Fort Lauderdale area private sector employment in May 2021 increased by 61,400 jobs over the year, a 9.4 percent increase. The industries gaining the most jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality, increasing by 26,600 jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities, increasing by 14,100 jobs.

Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance by registering with Employ Florida (, where they can search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers  can also improve employability by perfecting resume writing and interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.

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