Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Fort Lauderdale Area Created More Than 13,000 New Jobs Over the Year
Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 13,200 new private-sector jobs in the past year. The Fort Lauderdale area’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in September, down 0.3 percentage point from one year ago.
The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area were education and health services with 5,200 new jobs and professional and business services with 4,300 new jobs.
Fort Lauderdale remains among the top four metro areas in online job demand in Florida with 30,008 openings in September. Also, the area had the fourth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 8,411 job ads.
Statewide, Florida businesses created 8,700 new private-sector jobs in September 2019. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.6 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate of 3.2 percent represents a drop of 0.1 percentage point over the year. This is while 154,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.5 percent in the past year.
To view the September 2019 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.