The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the Miami Area December 2021 Employment Data

Jan 21, 2022

Governor DeSantis Announces the Miami Metro Area Had the Lowest Unemployment Rate Among All Metro Areas in the State

Miami, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Miami metro area had the lowest unemployment rate among all metro areas in the state dropping to 1.4% in December 2021. Miami’s unemployment rate is down from 7.9% reported in December 2020. The Miami area labor force increased by 16,187 over the year, a 1.2% increase.

In December 2021, Miami added 64,500 new private sector jobs increasing by 6.5% over the year. The industries gaining the most amount of jobs over the year include professional and business services, increasing by 24,000 jobs; leisure and hospitality, increasing by 17,800 jobs; and trade, transportation, and utilities, increasing by 17,100 jobs. The Miami metro area led all metro areas in job gains over the year in professional and business services and trade, transportation, and utilities.

In total, Florida has gained 1,168,400 private sector jobs since April 2020, which represents the recovery of 92.1% of jobs lost during the pandemic. Florida continues to see significant increases in labor force, growing by 616,000 over the year as Floridians remain confident in returning to the labor force. Florida’s unemployment rate has lowered to 4.4%, decreasing by 0.7 percentage point over the year.

Data in the month of December indicates that there continue to be many job opportunities available for Floridians throughout the state, with nearly 550,000 jobs posted online. Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance to register with Employ Florida and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can 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.

To view the statewide December 2021 employment data, visit  


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