Unemployment Picture in Broward County

The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of June was 5.3%, 0.1% point higher than previous month. The region’s jobless rate was 1.1% point lower than the year‐ago rate of 6.4%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.9% point lower than the state rate (6.2%) and 1.0% point lower than the national rate (6.3%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,071,430 of which 56,645 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (2,900 jobs) and information (600 jobs) and had the second-highest increase of jobs in construction (4,200). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (7,600 jobs); professional and business services (3,700 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (3,500 jobs); other services (1,400) and financial activities (1,100 jobs). 

Florida Minimum Wage Increased on January 2014

On January 1, 2014, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity implemented a new minimum wage. The new minimum wage is $7.93/hour, an increase of 14 cents/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.