FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Fort Lauderdale area added 24,000 new private-sector jobs over the year in April. Fort Lauderdale’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in April, dropping 0.6 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 15,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, the lowest since November 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,355,700 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that businesses in the Fort Lauderdale area created 24,000 new jobs for families in South Florida. Additionally, our state’s unemployment rate has reached a nearly 10 year low, which shows more Floridians are finding the opportunities they need to provide for their families and achieve their dreams in our state.”

The industries with the largest job gains in Fort Lauderdale were professional and business services with 10,000 new jobs and education and health services with 6,000 jobs. Fort Lauderdale boasts the fourth-highest job demand in Florida with 22,631 job openings in April and had the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,602 online openings.
For 61 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 2.9 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 19,033 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Broward and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the April 2017 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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