Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area unemployment rate down to 5.0 percent in April

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 24,700 jobs over the year. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 6.0 percent in April 2013 to 5.0 percent in April 2014.

Governor Scott said, “These 24,700 new jobs for families living in the Ft. Lauderdale area is great news. With positive annual job growth and a 5.0 percent unemployment rate, this area is heading in the right direction to create an opportunity economy.

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 7,600 jobs new jobs, professional and business services with 4,100 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 4,000 new jobs. All ten major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in April 2014.

In April 2014, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 25,041 openings and also ranked number four for STEM job openings with 5,276 job openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, CareerSource Broward, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 42,506 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, 8,851 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, more than 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for April 2014 was 6.2 percent and the state’s labor force again increased over the month and over the year for the fourth month in a row. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has been below the national unemployment rate since August 2013, which was 6.3 percent in April 2014. Since December 2010, Florida has created 600,400 private sector jobs.

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