DEO Press Releases

West Palm Beach Area’s Unemployment Rate Drops 1.6 Percentage Points in the Last Year

Oct 20, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Today, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the West Palm Beach area’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in September, down 1.6 percentage points in the last year. Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in September, the lowest rate in more than a decade. As of September, Florida’s unemployment rate had dropped 6.9 percentage points since December 2010, faster than the national decline.

Private-sector businesses were severely impacted last month by Hurricane Irma, which resulted in survey data showing a reduction of job numbers solely for the month of September. This also follows the national trend for the month of September. To help Florida families and business owners quickly recover from this massive storm, Governor Scott has activated multiple disaster-related resources, such as the Disaster Unemployment Program and the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

In September, the West Palm Beach area had 15,287 job openings and offered 4,384 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs.

In September, 20,022 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Palm Beach County and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards. 

To view the September 2017 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.

 

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