FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Fort Lauderdale area added 34,800 new private-sector jobs over the year in June. The unemployment rate in Fort Lauderdale was 4.5 percent in June, dropping by 0.7 percentage point in the last year.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Fort Lauderdale businesses are continuing to grow, with nearly 35,000 new jobs created over the past year. By cutting taxes 55 times, including more than $1 billion in taxes cut over the last two years, we are sending a message across the country that Florida is the best place for families and job creators to succeed.”

The industries with the most job growth over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area were professional and business services with 8,700 new jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 8,600 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 6,900 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale job demand ranked fourth in the state with 23,434 openings, including 6,423 high-wage, high-skill STEM occupations.

Florida businesses have added 102,600 new jobs since January 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,127,400 jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate, at 3.2 percent, is also exceeding the nation’s, at 1.9 percent, for the 51st consecutive month. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, the lowest rate since November 2007. More than 31,841 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Broward and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

To view the June 2016 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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