The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of October was 5.0%, down 0.2% from the previous month and 0.6% point lower than the year‐ago rate of 5.6%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.8% point lower than the state rate (5.8%) and 0.5% point lower than the national rate (5.5%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,076,292 of which 53,632 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (3,500 jobs) and was tied with the and Tallahassee MSAs for most gains in information (300 jobs). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (8,100 jobs); leisure and hospitality (1,900 jobs); financial activities (1,200 jobs), education and health services (1,100 jobs), professional and business services (4,900 jobs) construction (1,700 jobs); other services (1,000 jobs).