Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Gained 32,400 Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 32,400 jobs over the year in February 2015. The Fort Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 6.1 percent in February 2014 to 5.2 percent in February 2015. Florida businesses have added more than 807,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “We are continuing to see growth across our state and we are excited to announce that the Fort Lauderdale area gained 32,400 jobs over the year in February. Since December 2010, more than 807,000 total private-sector jobs have been created across Florida, and we will keep working until everyone Floridian who wants a job can have one.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year were professional and business services with 7,100 new jobs and trade, transportation, and utilities with 5,700 new jobs. In February 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in construction with 4,900 new jobs. All ten major industry sectors gained jobs over the year in February 2015. In February 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 25,254 openings and also ranked fourth for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) job openings with 6,319 job openings.

Florida created 14,900 private-sector jobs in February 2015, and a total of 807,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for February 2015 was 5.6 percent. In February, more than 35,900 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards.

To view the February 2015 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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