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

May 21, 2021

~Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Labor Force Up 4.5 Percent Over the Year~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced the statewide number of private sector jobs increased by 18,800 over the month, resulting in twelve consecutive months of job growth. Florida’s unemployment rate slightly increased to 4.8 percent in April 2021, still remaining below the national average of 6.1 percent.  Florida’s labor force was up 73,000, bringing the April 2021 total up to 10,243,000.

The unemployment rate in the Fort Lauderdale area was 5.3 percent in April, down from 16.4 percent reported in April 2020. The Fort Lauderdale area private sector employment in April 2021 increased by 77,400 jobs over the year, a 12.2 percent increase. The industries gaining the most amount of jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality, increasing by 35,800 jobs, and trade, transportation, and utilities, increasing by 14,800 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 registerering 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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