Unemployment rose in South Florida in January, though the rates are still at record lows since the recession, Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity said Monday .
In Palm Beach County, unemployment rose to 6.3 percent in January, up from 6 percent in December, but down from 8.3 percent in January 2013.
Broward County's unemployment rate increased to 5.3 percent in January, up from 5 percent in December. The rate is still significantly lower than a year ago, when it was 7.1 percent.
Miami-Dade County had unemployment of 6.9 percent for the month, up from 6.8 percent in December. Its rate was down from 8 percent a year ago.
Florida's unemployment rate in January was 6.1 percent, 1.9 percentage points from 8 percent a year ago. The state's rate was the lowest since June 2008, when it was 6 percent.
While the state lost 2,600 jobs since December, it added 192,800 since January 2013.
Palm Beach County added about 14,000 jobs over a year ago, primarily in professional and business services and in education and health services.
Broward County ranked first among metro areas in construction-job growth over the year. The county, which added about 24,000 jobs over the year, also had strong job growth in retail, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
Miami-Dade County added more than 30,000 jobs, primarily in retail, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
Rates for January and February are delayed due to the U.S. Labor Department's annual benchmarking of 2013 rates for any changes. February rates will be released on March 28.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun