The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of September was 5.2%, down 0.6% from the previous month and 0.7 percentage point lower than the year‐ago rate of 5.9 percent. Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.9% point lower than the state rate (6.1%) and 0.5% point lower than the national rate (5.7%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,081,209 of which 56,013 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (3,100 jobs) and was tied with the Orlando MSA for most gains in information (500 jobs). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (7,600 jobs); leisure and hospitality (2,000 jobs); financial activities (1,000 jobs), education and health services (1,400 jobs), professional and business services (3,900 jobs) construction (800 jobs); other services (300 jobs).