The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the West Palm Beach Area April 2020 Employment Data

May 22, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced the West Palm Beach area private-sector employment decreased by 89,900 jobs (-15.6 percent) over the year. The West Palm Beach area’s unemployment rate was 13.9 percent in April, up 10.9 percentage points from one year ago.


The industry losing the most jobs over the year was leisure and hospitality (-42,000 jobs).  Financial activities  was the only major industry that gained jobs over the year in April 2020 (+300 jobs).


Statewide, Florida businesses lost 989,600 private-sector jobs over the year.  In April 2020, the number of jobs decreased by 1,035,500, down 13.2 percent from March 2020. Florida’s unemployment rate increased to 12.9 percent in April 2020.  Florida’s labor force was down 893,000 over the month and down 824,000 over the year.


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