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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the West Palm Beach Area March 2022 Employment Data

Apr 15, 2022

Governor DeSantis Announces the West Palm Beach Metro Area Labor Force Up 27,727 Over the Year in March 2022

West Palm Beach, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the West Palm Beach area labor force in March 2022 grew by 27,727 over the year, a 3.8 percent increase. The West Palm Beach area unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 percent in March 2022, down from 4.9 percent reported in March 2021. The West Palm Beach metro area added 32,100 new private sector jobs over the year, a 5.7 percent increase.

In West Palm Beach, the industry gaining the most jobs over the year was leisure and hospitality, increasing by 10,800 jobs. The West Palm Beach metro area had the fastest over-the-year job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in other services (+8.5 percent).

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent in March 2022, marking the 16th consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate has been lower than the national rate, which is currently 3.6 percent. Florida’s labor force is experiencing steady growth, growing by 325,000, or 3.2 percent, over the year, faster than the national labor force growth rate of 2.4 percent. As of March 2022, Florida employers added jobs for the 23rd consecutive month, and Florida outpaced the nation in private sector job growth for the 12th consecutive month.

Data in the month of March continues to indicate there are many job opportunities available for Floridians throughout the state, with nearly 510,000 jobs posted online. Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance on how to register with Employ Florida and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve their employability by perfecting resume writing and interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.


To view the statewide March 2022 employment data, visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.  


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