Unemployment Picture in Broward County

The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of March 2015 was 5.1%, down 0.1% from the previous month and 1% point lower than the year-ago rate of 6.1%.  Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.4% point lower than the state rate (5.5%) and 0.5% points lower than the national rate (5.6%). The total labor force in Broward County is 984,265 of which 50,633 are unemployed residents. The county added 28,900 jobs over the year, spread across industries including professional and business services; trade, transportation and utilities; construction; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; financial activities; and government.  There were no sectors that lost jobs in Broward County from February to March 2015.

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.