Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Gained 30,300 Jobs Over the Year in January 2015

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 30,300 jobs over the year in January 2015. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 6.1 percent in January 2014 to 5.4 percent in January 2015. Florida businesses have added more than 801,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “We are seeing more businesses growing and locating in Florida, which has led to the creation of over 30,000 jobs over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area and more than 800,000 total private-sector jobs across our state. We are continuing to build an environment that encourages business to grow so Florida can be the number one place to find a job and raise a family.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 6,900 new jobs and professional and business services with 5,000 new jobs. In January 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in construction with 4,400 new jobs. All ten major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in January 2015. In January 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 21,240 openings and also ranked fifth for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) job openings with 5,282 job openings.

Every March, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases revised historical employment (jobs) and unemployment rates based on a benchmarking process to adjust the data. These benchmark revisions are mandated by BLS and take place this time every year in every state. This process introduces new population inputs from the most recent Census and other revisions to economic data which leads to changes in the original estimates.

Florida created 14,600 private-sector jobs in January 2015, and a total of 801,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for January 2015 was 5.7 percent. In January, more than 35,500 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards.

To view the January 2015 employment data visit


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