Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Ft. Lauderdale area added 26,700 new private-sector jobs in 2016. The unemployment rate in Fort Lauderdale was 4.4 percent in December. Florida businesses created 237,300 private-sector jobs across the state during 2016, bringing the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to 1,262,100 jobs.

Governor Scott said, “The Fort Lauderdale area, like the rest of our state, continues to see positive economic growth, adding 26,700 new jobs in 2016. Today’s announcement is great news, and we continue to be fully dedicated to making Florida the number one state in the nation for job creators and families to succeed.”

The industries with the largest job gains over the year in the Ft. Lauderdale area were trade, transportation and utilities with 9,100 new jobs, professional and business services with 6,000 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 4,400 new jobs. In December, Ft. Lauderdale job demand remained fourth in the state with 20,246 openings, including 4,991 high-skill, high-wage STEM job openings.