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

Sep 17, 2021

~Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Labor Force Up 46,437 Over the Year~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Florida has experienced 16 consecutive months of job growth, gaining 19,400 private sector jobs over the month. In total, Florida has gained 990,400 jobs since April 2020. Florida’s unemployment rate of 5.0% for August 2021 dropped 0.1 percentage point from July 2021. For 13 consecutive months, the state of Florida’s unemployment rate has remained below the national rate, which is currently at 5.2%. Florida’s labor force also continues to substantially grow, increasing by 65,000 over the month. This shows the success of the state’s ‘Return to Work’ initiative as more Floridians are returning to work.

The unemployment rate in the Fort Lauderdale area was 4.9 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent reported in August 2020. The Fort Lauderdale area private sector employment in August 2021 increased by 30,700 jobs over the year, a 4.4 percent increase. The Fort Lauderdale area labor force in August 2021 increased by 46,437 over the year, a 4.6 percent increase. The industry gaining the most jobs over the year was leisure and hospitality, increasing by 16,200 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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