The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of February was 5.4%, unchanged from the previous month. The region’s jobless rate was 1.1% points lower than the year-ago rate of 6.5%. Broward County's unemployment rate was .9% points lower than the state rate (6.3%) and 1.6% points lower than the national unemployment rate (7.0%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,052,423 of which 57,100 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (2,400 jobs) and information (600 jobs). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (7,700 jobs); professional and business services and leisure and hospitality (4,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality (3,500 jobs each); construction (2,800 jobs), other services (1,600 jobs) education and health services; and financial activities (800 jobs); and manufacturing (400 jobs).