Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 11,400 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The Fort Lauderdale area’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in November, down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area was other services with 3,400 new jobs. Other services include jobs such as automotive repair, beauty and nail salons, dry cleaning and professional and religious organizations. Education and health services was the industry with the second highest growth with 3,300 new jobs.

Fort Lauderdale remains among the top four metro areas in online job demand in Florida with 31,820 openings in November, and also offered the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 9,201 job ads.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 10,300 new private-sector jobs in November 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.6 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.1 percent represents a drop of 0.2 percentage point over the year. This is while 200,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.9 percent in the past year.

To view the November 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.



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