The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of March was 5.5%, unchanged from the previous month. The region’s jobless rate was 0.7% points lower than the year-ago rate of 6.2%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.9% points lower than the state rate (6.4%) and 1.3% points lower than the national unemployment rate (6.8%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,061,217 of which 57,992 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (2,300 jobs). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (7,600 jobs); professional and business services (3,400 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (4,000 jobs); construction (3,000 jobs), other services (1,900 jobs); education and health services; information (500 jobs) and financial activities (1,100 jobs); and manufacturing (100 jobs).