Gov. Scott: Ft. Lauderdale Metro Area Gained More than 15,000 jobs in April

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area was among the top four metro areas in the state for total nonagricultural job growth in April 2013, gaining 15,100 private sector jobs over the year. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.6 percentage points over the year, from 7.2 percent in April 2012 to 5.6 percent in April 2013.

Governor Scott said, “In the Ft. Lauderdale metro area, more than 15,000 Floridians were gainfully employed in April. Coupled with a declining unemployment rate of 5.6 percent for the area, it is clear that Florida families are getting back to work in Ft. Lauderdale, especially in the manufacturing industry. This is why it has been so critical that we eliminate barriers on manufacturers. By building up manufacturing in our state, we create more jobs and opportunities for families working in these industries. Today’s great news out of Ft. Lauderdale proves that it’s working.”

In April 2013, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in manufacturing (+700 jobs). The Ft. Lauderdale metro area was second among all metros in gains in trade, transportation and utilities (+7,200 jobs), construction (+2,400 jobs), and other services (+500 jobs). The metro area has gained the most jobs in manufacturing for six consecutive months and has experienced positive over the year job growth in manufacturing for 23 consecutive months.

Housing starts in the Ft. Lauderdale metro area were up 31.9 percent over the year in March 2013. In April 2013, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was among the top five metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 22,589 openings and also ranked number five for STEM job openings with 4,893 job ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In April, Workforce One along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 41,300 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, 11,457 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with nearly 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

With the addition of 16,700 private sector jobs over the month, Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 33 consecutive months. This adds up to 330,000 new private sector jobs created in Florida since December 2010.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.2 percent, down from the March 2013 rate of 7.5 percent and the lowest since September 2008. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.9 percentage points.

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