The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of August was 5.7%, unchanged from the previous month. The region’s jobless rate was 0.5% point lower than the year‐ago rate of 6.2%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 1.0% point lower than the state rate (6.7%) and 0.6% point lower than the national rate (6.3%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,071,2721 of which 61,200 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). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (6,900 jobs); leisure and hospitality (2,300 jobs); professional and business services (4,200 jobs) construction (900 jobs); other services (300 jobs).