The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of July was 5.7%, 0.4% point higher than previous month. The region’s jobless rate was 0.7% point lower than the year‐ago rate of 6.4%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 0.9% point lower than the state rate (6.6%) and 0.8% point lower than the national rate (6.5%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,077,631 of which 61,054 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked first among all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in government (2,800 jobs) and information (300 jobs). Jobs were also added in major industries including: trade, transportation and utilities (9,000 jobs); leisure and hspitality (3,400 jobs); professional and business services (3,100 jobs) construction (300 jobs); other services (900 jobs) and financial activities (200 jobs).