Gov. Scott: Ft. Lauderdale Metro Area gained 22,700 jobs in August

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained the second-highest number of nonagricultural jobs in August 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 22,700 new jobs. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.9 percentage points over the year, from 7.7 percent in August 2012 to 5.8 percent in August 2013. The metro area’s unemployment rate in August 2013 was the third lowest in the state.

Governor Scott said, “With unemployment down in the Fort Lauderdale area by 1.9 percentage points since August 2013, it is evident that the steps we are taking to improve Florida’s economy are working. Statewide, we have added more than 365,500 private sector jobs, and as we continue to focus on greater economic growth, we will provide even more opportunities for Florida families.”

In August 2013, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in the following industries:

  • Construction (+4,700 jobs)
  • Financial activities (+3,100 jobs)
  • Other services (+1,100 jobs)
  • Manufacturing (+1,000 jobs)

Housing starts were up 61.8 percent over the year in the Ft. Lauderdale metro area in July 2013. In August 2013, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was among the top five metros in Florida for online job demand with 23,618 openings and ranked fourth for STEM job openings with 5,295 job ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In August, Workforce One along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,000 Floridians were placed in jobs. This represents an increase of nearly 12,000 placements over the year from August 2012. 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, 11,967 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent in August 2013, down from 7.1 percent in May, June, and July 2013, and down 4.1 percentage points since December 2010. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent for the sixth consecutive month. Florida has created 365,500 private sector jobs since December 2010.

To view the August 2013 monthly employment data, visit:

www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

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