Gov. Scott: Ft. Lauderdale Metro Area Leads State in New Jobs in Construction and Manufacturing

January 2013 unemployment rate tied for third lowest in the state

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area’s January 2013 unemployment rate of 6.7 percent was the third lowest in the state among all metro areas. The metro area lead in new construction, manufacturing, and information jobs created. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined 2.6 percentage points from the December 2010 rate of 9.3 percent.

Governor Scott said, “Everything we do is geared toward job creation and today we have more proof that IT’S WORKING. With unemployment down in the Fort Lauderdale area by more than 2.6 percentage points since December 2010, the increased job growth is proof that the steps we are taking to improve Florida’s economy is working. Statewide, we have added more than 280,000 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 January, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs over the year in trade, transportation and utilities (+7,000 – tied with Tampa MSA), construction (+3,200), manufacturing (+1,100 ) and information (+200). The metro area has gained the most jobs in manufacturing for three consecutive months.

Broward County’s unemployment rate declined by 1.4 percentage points over the year, from 8.1 percent in January 2012 to 6.7 percent in January 2013. Additionally, housing starts were up over the year (+94.9 percent) in the Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area in January 2013 (the latest available data) and up over the month (+27.9 percent). These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

In February, Workforce One along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 38,000 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, 11,034 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 7.8 percent, down from the revised December 2012 rate of 7.9 percent and the lowest since November 2008. The state experienced an increase of 14,700 private sector jobs over the month. This increase brings the total number of private sector jobs created since December 2010 to 282,200.

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