The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the Fort Lauderdale Area August 2020 Employment Data

Sep 18, 2020

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced the Fort Lauderdale area private-sector employment decreased by 72,600 jobs (-9.6 percent) over the year. The Fort Lauderdale area’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in August, up 6.1 percentage points from one year ago.

The industries losing the most jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (-28,900 jobs); and professional and business services (-12,600 jobs). 

Statewide, the number of private-sector jobs increased 46,000, up 0.6 percent from July 2020. Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in August 2020. Florida’s labor force was up 143,000 (+1.4 percent) over the month.

To view the August 2020 employment data, visit




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