Gov. Scott: Ft. Lauderdale Metro Area Has Third Lowest Unemployment Rate in the State

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area’s March 2013 unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was the third lowest in the state among all metro areas, dropping 1.9 percentage points from a year ago rate of 7.6 percent. The metro area’s unemployment rate has declined 3.6 percentage points from the December 2010 rate of 9.3 percent. The metro area also gained 14,500 jobs from March 2012 to March 2013.

Governor Scott said, “With unemployment down in the Fort Lauderdale area by 3.6 percentage points since December 2010, it is evident that the steps we are taking to improve Florida’s economy are working. Statewide, we have added more than 321,700 private sector jobs over the last two years, and as we continue to focus on greater economic growth, we will provide even more opportunities for Florida families.”

In March, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs over the year of all the state’s metro areas in construction (+3,600) and manufacturing (+1,100). The metro area has gained the most jobs in manufacturing for seven consecutive months.

Additionally, housing starts were up over the year (+75 units, +141.5 percent) in the Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area in February 2013.

In March, Workforce One along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 32,800 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, 8,736 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 7.5 percent, down from the revised February 2013 rate of 7.8 percent and the lowest since October 2008. The state experienced an increase of 32,400 private-sector jobs over the month. This increase brings the total number of private sector jobs created since December 2010 to 321,700. Since Governor Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.6 percentage points.

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