Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 24,600 jobs over the year according to the June 2014 figures. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area's unemployment rate declined by 1.1 percentage points over the year, from 6.4 percent in June 2013 to 5.3 percent in June 2014.
Governor Scott said, "These 24,600 new jobs are great news for families living in the Ft. Lauderdale area. With positive annual job growth and a 5.3 percent unemployment rate, this area is heading in the right direction to create an opportunity economy, where every Floridian who wants a job can find one."
The industries with the largest job gains over the year in this area of the state were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 7,600 jobs new jobs, construction with 4,200 new jobs, and professional and business services with 3,700 new jobs.
In June 2014, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 24,881 openings and also ranked fourth for STEM job openings with 5,471 job openings. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and these jobs are considered high wage and high skill. Additionally, housing starts were up 67.6 percent over the year in the Ft. Lauderdale metro area in May 2014.
In June, CareerSource Broward, along with the state's other 23 Regional Workforce Boards, reported more than 35,000 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, 7,239 previously received Reemployment Assistance. In 2013, 479,064 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.
Florida created 36,900 private-sector jobs in June 2014, the single highest month of private-sector job creation since the Governor took office. Since December 2010, Florida has created 620,700 private sector jobs. Florida's statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 was 6.2 percent, down 1.2 percentage points from the June 2013 rate.