Fort Lauderdale Area Added More Than 24,000 Jobs Over the Year

job searchFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area gained 24,400 private sector jobs over the year in December. The Fort Lauderdale area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year to 4.3 percent in December. Florida has added more than 1 million private sector jobs since 2010.

Governor Scott said, “More than 24,000 jobs were created in Fort Lauderdale over the year, which means more Floridians have the opportunity to provide for their families. We want Florida to become first for jobs, and we are working every day to cut $1 billion in taxes and create the new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund so we can meet that goal.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the Fort Lauderdale area were professional and business services with 10,600 new jobs; construction with 5,000 new jobs; and leisure and hospitality with 3,000 new jobs. In December, the Fort Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in professional and business services. The Fort Lauderdale metro area job demand stands at 24,302 openings, including 6,178 openings in high-wage, high-skill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) openings.

Florida created 21,000 private-sector jobs in December, and a total of 1,025,400 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for December was 5.0 percent. In December, more than 34,749 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Broward and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.

To view the December 2015 employment data visit

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