Florida’s labor force expands in April despite slight rise in unemployment

by | May 17, 2024

Florida’s labor force grew by 1.4 percent last month, with job gains in key sectors, though the unemployment rate increased to 3.3 percent.

Florida’s labor force grew in April, though the state saw a slight increase in its unemployment rate, according to data released on Friday by FloridaCommerce.

In April, Florida added 148,000 people to the labor force, bringing the labor force’s overall growth rate to 1.4 percent across the past year.

“Florida’s private sector job growth and business growth is reflective of our state increasingly meeting the needs of job creators in numerous high growth, high demand sectors, giving Florida families tremendous opportunities to elevate themselves and their families,” says Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly.

Florida’s trade, transportation, and utilities sector led the state’s job growth with an addition of 14,900 jobs, marking a 0.7 percent increase from the month prior. Similarly, the professional and business services sector experienced gains, adding 11,800 jobs, which also represents a 0.7 percent increase from the previous month.

However, the state’s unemployment rate edged up from the previous month, reaching 3.3 percent in April.


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