Unemployment Picture in Broward County

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Broward region declined from 5.3% in July to 5.1% in August.  It declined 1.1 percentage points over the year to 5.1 percent in August 2015.  The region’s jobless rate was 0.5 percentage point lower than the state rate (5.6 percent).   Out of a labor force of 997,293, there were 51,000 unemployed Broward County residents.   

In August 2015, nonagricultural employment in the Ft. Lauderdale‐Pompano Beach‐Deerfield Beach
metropolitan division was 800,700. Nonagricultural employment increased by 28,000 jobs (3.6 percent)
over the year in the metro area, higher than the state rate (+3.1 percent).   

In August 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in
construction (+5,700 jobs).

Florida Minimum Wage Increased in January 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity implemented a new minimum wage. The new minimum wage is now $8.05/hour, an increase of $.12/hour over the previous rate. Please click here for the announcement, posters for employers to use at their worksites, in English and Spanish and other details.