February's unemployment in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as well as Florida, remain unchanged from January numbers, which were revised slightly upward for last month, the state said Friday.
Broward's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent; Palm Beach County at 6.4 percent and Florida at 6.2 percent. In January, the rates were originally reported as 5.3 percent, 6.3 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.
Miami-Dade County's rate in February was 6.7 percent, down from 7 percent in January.
County and state unemployment is still well below rates in 2013, when Broward's unemployment was 6.5 percent; Palm Beach was at 7.8 percent; Miami-Dade at 9 percent; and the state at 7.9 percent.
Florida's 6.2 percent rate in February is below the national rate of 6.7 percent. The state's unemployment in January and February were the lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 6 percent.
The state had one of those largest increases in payroll during the month, adding 33,400 jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Florida ranked behind just California and Texas in the monthly increase.
Florida has added 211,500 jobs over February 2013, adding the most jobs in the retail sector, the state said.
There were more people re-entering the job market or quitting jobs than losing jobs over the past 12 months, according to state data.
Broward added 24,800 jobs over the year, mostly in retail, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and construction.
Palm Beach County gained 14,000 jobs since February 2013, primarily in professional and business services, and education and health services.
Statewide, there were 588,000 without jobs, out of a labor force of 9.52 million, Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun