Gov. Scott: Ft. Lauderdale Metro Area Gained 17,700 Jobs Over the Year

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained the third highest number of jobs in November 2013 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 17,700 new jobs. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.6 percentage points over the year, from 6.8 percent in November 2012 to 5.2 percent in November 2013. The metro area’s unemployment rate in November 2013 was the third lowest in the state.

Governor Scott said, “With unemployment down in the Fort Lauderdale area by 1.6 percentage points since November 2012, the steps we are taking to provide more opportunities to families is working. We are creating an opportunity economy in Florida where all families can live their dreams.”

In November 2013, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in the information industry with 400 new jobs. Housing starts were up 6.3 percent over the year in the Ft. Lauderdale metro area in October 2013.

In November 2013, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was among the top five metros in Florida for online job demand with 24,378 openings and ranked fourth for STEM job openings with 5,358 job ads. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill.

In November, Workforce One, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 42,100 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, 12,091 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2012, more than 426,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 111,173 former claimants finding employment.

Florida’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.4 percent in November 2013, down from 6.7 percent in October 2013. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.0 percent since March 2013. Florida has created 446,300 private sector jobs since December 2010.

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