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Miami, Ft. Lauderdale Saw Job Growth In May

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Governor Rick Scott announced Friday job growth for both Miami-Dade and Broward.

The Miami metro area gained 30,500 new jobs in May 2015, the third highest number of jobs among all metro areas. The area's unemployment rate saw a drop of 0.8 percent over the year, from 7.1 percent in May 2014 to 6.3 percent in May 2015.

"Miami's economy continues to have impressive growth. Families across Florida are finding more opportunities to succeed, and we will continue to do all we can to build our economy and create new jobs," said Scott in a statement.

The Miami metro area had the third-highest online job demand in Florida in May 2015 with 35,099 job openings and had the third-highest number of openings for high wage, high skill science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations in May 2015 with 7,724 online openings.

The Fort Lauderdale metro area gained 26,700 jobs over the year in May 2015. The area's unemployment rate saw a decrease of 0.7 percent over the year, from 5.9 percent in May 2014 to 5.2 percent in May 2015.

In May 2015, the Ft. Lauderdale metro area added the most jobs of all the state's metro areas in construction, as well as in information with 600 new jobs.

The Ft. Lauderdale metro area was ranked fourth among all metro areas in Florida for online job demand with 24,275 openings and also ranked fourth for high wage, high skill science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) job openings with 5,859 job openings.

Florida created 16,200 private-sector jobs in May 2015, and a total of 879,700 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida's statewide unemployment rate for May 2015 was 5.7 percent.

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