Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Gained 28,600 Jobs Over the Year In November

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 28,600 jobs over the year in December 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point over the year, from 5.0 percent in December 2013 to 4.5 percent in December 2014. Florida businesses have added 728,500 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Governor Scott made today’s announcement at the grand opening of SeaLand, a leading ocean transportation company, that will create 65 new jobs with a capital investment of $350,000 in Miramar.”

Governor Scott said, “Thanks to growing companies like Sealand, the Fort Lauderdale area has created of more than 28,000 new jobs over the year and the unemployment rate has dropped to 4.5 percent. SeaLand’s decision to locate in Florida shows that our efforts to create an environment that encourages business innovation and growth are working, and we will continue to do everything we can to become the global leader in job creation.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,200 new jobs and professional and business services with 7,800 new jobs. All ten major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in December 2014. In December 2014, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 21,476 openings and also ranked fourth for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) job openings with 5,193 job openings.

Bob Swindell, CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, said, “The Alliance is thrilled that SeaLand has located in Miramar. The company’s rich history and bright future in marine and logistics is a strong addition to two of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County’s targeted industries. We wish the company continued success.”

Florida created 11,500 private-sector jobs in December 2014. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for December 2014 was 5.6 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the December 2013 rate.

In December, more than 39,600 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Broward, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards. To view the December 2014 employment data visit


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