(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — After months of decline, the CareerSource Broward region is seeing its first increase in the unemployment rate. The county’s current rate rose 0.3 percent to 3.6 percent in November 2017, putting it on par with the state. Palm Beach also saw a 0.2 percent increase to 3.8 percent, while Miami-Dade remained steady at 4.6 percent.
“Broward County has seen tremendous growth during the past year,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dan Lindblade. “We have cemented our standing as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the state, and will continue to do so. While we never want to see an increase in unemployment, our area is still on the right track when it comes to creating jobs. ”
Compared to November 2016, Broward County has seen a significant decline in unemployment, creating 30,112 new jobs. In fact, the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Metro Division had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metro areas in the state in education and health services, and was tied for second in the information sector.
A full list of industry gains is below:
- Construction (+9.4%, +4,200 jobs)
- Education & Health Services (+6.9%, +7,400 jobs)
- Other Services (+6.8%, +2,400 jobs)
- Manufacturing (+3.6%, +1,000 jobs)
- Financial Activities (+3.3%, +1,900 jobs)
- Government (+1.9%, +2,000 jobs)
- Information (+1.6%, +300 jobs)