FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Fort Lauderdale area added 35,000 new private-sector jobs over the year in July. The unemployment rate in Fort Lauderdale was 4.7 percent in July, declining by 0.7 percentage point in the last year. Florida businesses created 26,500 private-sector jobs across the state during July 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,160,700 jobs.

Governor Scott said, “With 35,000 new jobs added in the Fort Lauderdale area over the year, more and more families are finding new job opportunities. This great news shows that our commitment to making Florida the most business-friendly location is working to grow our economy and make our state a national leader in job creation.”

The industries with the most job growth over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area were trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,100 new jobs; professional and business services with 7,800 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 6,000 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale job demand remained fourth in the state with 22,541 openings, including 6,131 high-skill, high-wage STEM job openings.

The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in July, the lowest rate since November 2007. Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.3 percent is also exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent, for the 52nd consecutive month. More than 31,340 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Broward and the state’s other 24 regional workforce boards.

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