(FORT LAUDERDALE)-- Broward County’s unemployment dropped to 3.3 percent in September 2017, down 1.5 percent from the same time last year. The Greater Fort Lauderdale remains one of the top four metro areas for job demand in the state, boasting 19,839 openings. The region added more than 13,000 jobs (+1.6%), the third largest gain in the state. It is also has the fifth-highest number of positions in high paying STEM occupations.
“Greater Fort Lauderdale’s economy continues to be a bright spot for the nation, nearing full employment,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President Dan Lindblade. “We will continue to see a rise in salaries as the search for talent continues.”
Florida’s unemployment rate also dropped to the lowest rate in more than a decade in September, now sitting at 3.8 percent.
“Florida’s economy remains strong and more than 1.3 million private-sector jobs have been created across our state since December 2010,” said Governor Rick Scott. “We will continue to fight for jobs every day.”
CareerSource Broward and Florida’s 23 other local workforce boards successfully placed 20,022 Floridians in jobs in September.
Statewide Industry Growth
- Education and health services (+15,000 jobs, +1.2 percent)
- Trade, transportation and utilities (+13,900 jobs, +0.8 percent)
- Construction (+12,700 jobs, +2.6 percent)
- Financial activities (+11,200 jobs, +2.0 percent)
- Manufacturing (+10,400 jobs, +2.9 percent)
- Other services (+9,900 jobs, +2.8 percent)
- Government (+4,900 jobs, +0.4 percent)
- Professional and business services (+3,400 jobs, +0.3 percent)
- Information (+2,400 jobs, +1.8 percent)