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South Florida Unemployment Rate Remains the Same Despite Growth in Job Creation

In February, South Florida’s unemployment rate remained stable when compared with the previous year despite the fact that all three counties experienced an annual increase in job creation, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Broward County’s rate of unemployment remained exactly the same compared to last year at 4.5 percent. Palm Beach County’s rate increased from 4.6 percent last year to 4.7 percent this year. Miami-Dade County’s rate remained exactly the same at five percent.

Broward County has reportedly created 20,400 jobs since last year. Palm Beach County created 13,200 jobs, most of which were in leisure and hospitality. Miami-Dade County had the highest increase, creating 22,300 jobs. The county created 9,100 jobs in education and health services; 3,700 in trade, transportation and utilities; 2,700 in other services; 2,500 in government; 2,400 in professional and business services; 1,400 in leisure and hospitality, 500 in construction and mining and 300 in manufacturing.

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