FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In the latest sign of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida’s unemployment rate through January was 4.8%, which reflects nine straight months of job growth. That figure is also well below the national average of 6.3%, the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity said Monday.
CareerSource Broward also released data showing that Broward County’s unemployment rate in January was 5.3%. Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate was 8.1%; Monroe County’s was 3.5%; and Palm Beach County’s was 4.8% in the latest numbers available.
“Florida’s economy remains resilient under Governor [Ron] DeSantis’ leadership as we continue to see sustained month-over-month job growth,” Dane Eagle, the executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said in a statement. “Governor DeSantis has kept our state open for business, and I am proud of the work we have done to ensure Floridians continue to return to the workforce.”
The DEO said that private-sector industries gaining the most jobs over the month of January were:
- Trade, transportation and utilities with 4,400 new jobs
- Construction with 3,500 new jobs
- Education and health Services with 3,200 new jobs
Compared to January 2020, Florida’s private-sector job rate was down 6.5 percent in January 2021.
For more information on state unemployment rates from the DEO, click here.