Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area gained 26,100 jobs over the year in October. The Fort Lauderdale area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year to 4.7 percent in October. Florida businesses have added 978,800 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “The Fort Lauderdale area continues to be a destination for job growth, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state at 4.7 percent. Businesses are succeeding in Fort Lauderdale, which means more opportunities for families to live their dreams right here in the Sunshine State.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were professional and business services with 11,300 new jobs; construction with 4,300 new jobs; and trade, transportation, and utilities with 3,000 new jobs. In October, the Fort Lauderdale area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in professional and business services and in construction. The Fort Lauderdale metro area job demand stands at 27,302 openings, including 6,865 openings in high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) openings.

Florida created 36,600 private-sector jobs in October, the highest one-month total for jobs added in ten years. Since December 2010, 978,800 private-sector jobs have been created in Florida. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October was 5.1 percent, the lowest in seven years. In October, more than 34,000 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Broward and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the October 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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