Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Gained 24,000 Jobs Over the Year in October

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 24,000 jobs over the year in October 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.6 percentage point over the year, from 5.6 percent in October 2013 to 5.0 percent in October 2014.


Governor Scott said, “The creation of 24,000 jobs in the Fort Lauderdale area over the year means that many more Floridians are able to find a job and provide for their families. We want every family to have the opportunities to succeed, so let’s keep working to create an opportunity economy in Florida.”


This news that the Fort Lauderdale area has created 24,000 jobs over the month in October is great for Florida families. We must keep working so that every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”


The industries with the largest job gains over the year were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 8,100 jobs new jobs and professional and business services with 4,900 new jobs.


In October 2014, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 24,759 openings and also ranked fourth for STEM job openings with 5,726 job openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.


In October, CareerSource Broward, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 39,300 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, 8,346 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.


Florida created 32,000 private-sector jobs in October 2014, and since December 2010, Florida has created 679,000 private-sector jobs. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for October 2014 was 6.0 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the October 2013 rate.


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