The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the West Palm Beach Area April 2021 Employment Data

May 21, 2021

~West Palm Beach Metro Area Labor Force Up 8.6 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 West Palm Beach area remained unchanged at 4.7 percent in April, down from 14.7 percent reported in April 2020, the highest rate during the pandemic. The West Palm Beach area private sector employment increased by 76,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 15.8 percent. The industries gaining the most amount of jobs over the year include leisure and hospitality, increasing by 30,300 jobs; professional and business services, increasing by 12,000 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities, increasing by 11,500 jobs; and education and health services, increasing by 10,800 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 registering with Employ Florida ( and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve employability assistance, perfecting resume writing, interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.

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