Unemployment Picture in Broward County

• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Broward region declined 0.7 percentage point over the
  year to 4.3 percent in December 2015. The region’s jobless rate was 0.4 percentage point lower than
  the state rate (4.7 percent). Out of a labor force of 999,633, there were 43,255 unemployed Broward
  County residents.

• In December 2015, nonagricultural employment in the Ft. Lauderdale‐Pompano Beach‐Deerfield Beach
  metropolitan division was 827,100. Nonagricultural employment increased by 24,900 jobs (+3.1
  percent) over the year in the metro area. The metro area’s over the year growth rate was 0.2
  percentage point higher than the state growth rate of 2.9 percent.

• The Ft. Lauderdale metro area gained the third‐highest number of nonagricultural jobs in December
  2015 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 24,900 new jobs.

• In December 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state’s metro areas in
  professional and business services (+10,600 jobs).

• In December 2015, the annual job growth rates for construction (+12.5 percent); professional and
  business services (+7.6 percent); financial activities (+3.9 percent); and government (+0.5 percent)
  exceeded the state rates.

• The major industry sectors that added jobs over the year in the metro area were professional and
  business services (+10,600 jobs); construction (+5,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+3,000 jobs);
  financial activities (+2,200 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,000 jobs); education and health
  services (+1,700 jobs); government (+500 jobs); and other services (+100 jobs).

• Manufacturing (‐200 jobs) was the only industry to lose jobs over the year in December. Information
  remained unchanged over the year.

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.