Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Gains 16,300 jobs over the year in August

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 16,300 jobs over the year in August 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points over the year, from 6.2 percent in August 2013 to 5.7 percent in August 2014.


Governor Scott said, “These more than 16,000 jobs over the year is great news for families living in the Ft. Lauderdale area. With positive annual job growth it is clear that this area is heading in the right direction, and more Floridians are getting back to work.


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 6,900 jobs new jobs and professional and business services with 4,200 new jobs.


In August 2014, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 25,181 openings and also ranked fourth for STEM job openings with 5,277 job openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In August, CareerSource Broward, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 38,400 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, 8,134 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida created 23,000 private-sector jobs in August 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 643,100 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for August 2014 was 6.3 percent, down 0.8 percentage points from the August 2013 rate.


To view the August 2014 employment data visit


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