31,700 jobs created in Miami-Dade over the last 12 months

11,500 of the jobs created were in Education & Health Services as Unemployment Continues to Stay Low

The numbers analyzed

In July 2019, Miami-Dade County was the second largest metro area in year-over- year job gains in Florida, following Orlando-Kissi­­mmee-Sanford area. The County created 31,700 new non-agricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted) from July 2018 to July 2019, which was a 2.7 percent increase. The highest job creation occurred in Education & Health Services (11,500), with most jobs created in the healthcare industry. Job creation also occurred in Professional & Business Services (5,500), Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities (4,100), Leisure and Hospitality (3,600), Construction (3,000), Wholesale Trade (1,700), Manufacturing (1,300), Other Services (1,200), Total Government (400) and Information (300). The graphs below show the payroll data since October 2017.

SectorJuly 2018- July 2019June 2019 – July 2019
Education & Health Services+11,500 (+6.3%)-100 (-0.1%)
Professional & Business Services+5,500 (+3.1%)+2,400 (+1.3%)
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities+4,100 (+5.4%)-500 (-0.6%)
Leisure and Hospitality+3,600 (+2.5%)-1,500 (-1.0%)
Construction+3,000 (+5.8%)-200 (-0.4%)
Wholesale Trade+1,700 (+2.3%)+800 (+1.1%)
Manufacturing+1,300 (+3.1%)+1,000 (+2.4%)
Other Services+1,200 (+2.3%)+100 (+0.2%)
Total Government+400 (+0.3%)-1,300 (-1.0%)
Information+300 (+1.5%)0 (0.0%)
Retail Trade0 (0.0%)0 (0.0%)
Financial Activities-900 (-1.1%)-200 (-0.2%)

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County was 3.3 in July 2019. There was a 0.6 percentage point decrease from the July 2018 unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. Compared to June 2019 there was a 0.1 percentage point increase from the unemployment rate at 3.2 percent. Below the graph compares the unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County with that of the United States since October 2017. It shows that Miami-Dade County was tracking the unemployment rate of the United States at a slightly higher rate until November 2018. For the last nine months the United States had a higher unemployment rate than Miami-Dade County.

In July 2019, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County (taking seasonal fluctuations in the labor force into consideration) was 3.3 percent, which is 0.4 percentage point lower than in July 2018.

 July 2019
Unemployment Rate
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
July 2018 to July 2019
Unemployment Rate Change
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Miami-Dade County3.3%-0.6%
Palm Beach County3.6%-0.3%
Broward County3.3%-0.3%
Florida3.5%-0.3%
United States4.0%-0.1%

From the data and analysis above, we see continued improvement in the local economy. Nevertheless, the community needs to remain focused on job creation projects in targeted industries. These industries have been identified as the industries most able to create additional well-paying job opportunities in Miami-Dade County leading to an improved quality of life for its residents. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council continues to aggressively work on attracting new companies to our community and work on the expansion and retention of existing business. For more information, visit www.beaconcouncil.com.

The job creation numbers are derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics Program (CES), and only account for non-farm payroll jobs. However, the unemployment rates are derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS), which includes farm payroll jobs as well as self-employed workers.

In addition, the federal government typically conducts interviews in sample households to determine the unemployment rate. Miami-Dade County is one of six metropolitan areas in the United States that uses a different method solely based on a statistical model derived from several data sets.

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