The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of December 2014 was 4.5%, down 0.3% from the previous month and 0.5% point lower than the year‐ago rate of 5.0%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.9% point lower than the state rate (5.4%) and 0.9% point lower than the national rate (5.4%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,065,335 of which 47,879 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (2,200 jobs). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (9,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality (2,200 jobs); financial activities (1,900 jobs), education and health services (1,600 jobs), professional and business services (7,800 jobs), information (400 jobs), other services (500 jobs), and construction (2,600 jobs). There were no sectors that lost jobs in Broward County in December.