Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Gained 20,500 Jobs Over the Year in September

Fort LauderdaleToday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 20,500 jobs over the year in September 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 5.9 percent in September 2013 to 5.2 percent in September 2014.


Governor Scott said, “The Fort Lauderdale area has added 20,500 new jobs over the year. This means that more Floridians are able to provide for their families and live the American Dream, and we will keep working until every Floridian who wants a job is able to find one.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 7,600 jobs new jobs and professional and business services with 3,900 new jobs.


In September 2014, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 24,927 openings and also ranked fourth for STEM job openings with 5,559 job openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In September, CareerSource Broward, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 43,800 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a One-Stop Career Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 9,362 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs in September 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 651,300 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.1 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from the September 2013 rate.


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