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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the West Palm Beach Area June 2021 Employment Data

Jul 16, 2021

~West Palm Beach Metro Area Labor Force Up 6.6 Percent Over the Year~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Florida has experienced 14 consecutive months of job growth, gaining 69,300 private sector jobs over the month, which is more than double the revised May 2021 private sector employment gain of 34,600 jobs. Florida has gained 907,900 jobs since the height of the pandemic. For 11 consecutive months, Florida’s unemployment rate, currently at 5.0 percent, has remained below the national rate, which is currently at 5.9 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate has dramatically lowered over the year, decreasing by 6.6 percentage points.

The unemployment rate in the West Palm Beach area was 5.3 percent in June, down from 11.5 percent reported in June 2020. The West Palm Beach area private sector employment increased by 31,900 jobs over the year, an increase of 6.0 percent. The industry gaining the most amount of jobs over the year was leisure and hospitality, increasing by 11,700 jobs.

Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance to register with Employ Florida ( and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve employability assistance, perfecting resume writing, interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.

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