February 2021 Employment Report

The numbers analyzed

 In February 2021, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County was 7.9 percent. From January 2021 to February 2021, there was an increase of 6,500 nonagricultural payroll jobs, which is a 0.6 percentage point increase. The County had a reduction of 110,400 nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from February 2020 to February 2021 which was an 8.9 percentage point decrease.


Non-agricultural Payroll Jobs

Due to the impact of COVID-19, there continues to be a sharp decline in non-agricultural payroll jobs throughout most industries when comparing year over year (January 2020 with January 2021). This is in particularly true when comparing the three months leading up to the COVID-19 crisis to the first two months of 2021. Year over year, every sector saw a decrease in the number of non-agricultural payroll jobs. The graph below shows the payroll data since November 2018.

From February 2020 to February 2021 there was a reduction of 110,400 non-agricultural payroll jobs. From January 2021 to February 2021 there was an increase of 6,500 non-agricultural payroll jobs.



The change in non-agricultural payroll job between January 2021 and February 2021 shows that several sectors added jobs during that time period.


SectorFebruary 2020- February 2021January 2021 – February 2021
Financial Activities-2,000 (-2.4%)+300 (+0.4%)
Manufacturing -2,300 (-5.4%)+800 (+2.0%)
Information-2,300 (-10.3%)+200 (-1.1%)
Construction-2,700 (-4.9%)+100 (+0.2%)
Professional & Business Services-5,200 (-2.8%)+3,600 (+2.0%)
Wholesale Trade-5,300 (-7.2%)-600 (-0.9%)
Other Services-5,600 (-11.1%)+500 (+1.1%)
Total Government-9,100 (-6.2%)1,200 (+0.9%)
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities-9,700 (-11.1%)0.0 (-0.0%)
Retail Trade-10,700 (-7.5%)-1,200 (-0.9%)
Education & Health Services-11,500 (-5.8%)+400 (+0.2%)
Leisure and Hospitality-44,000 (-29.4%)+1,200 (+1.1%)

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate


The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in February 2021 compared to last year is 6.3 percentage points higher than the unemployment rate at 1.6 percent in February 2020. Compared to January 2021 there was a 0.2 percentage point decrease from the unemployment rate at 8.1 percent.

Additionally, analyzing Miami’s unemployment history in the graph below, the Miami metro area labor force statistics use a different measurement method than all other counties in Florida. The information for the monthly employment and unemployment estimates come from Current Population Survey (CPS). There are only seven large areas across the nation which uses this labor force statistics model. The increase in the count of unemployed individuals in Miami-Dade County in September 2020 and the subsequent decrease in October was driven by the responses of Miami residents to the Current Population Survey. The graph compares the unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County with that of the United States since December 2018.






February 2021
Unemployment Rate
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
February 2020 to

February 2021
Unemployment Rate Change (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Miami-Dade County7.9%+6.3%
Broward County5.6%+2.3%
Palm Beach County4.5%+1.2%
United States6.6%+2.8%


Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate


In February 2021, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Miami-Dade County (taking seasonal fluctuations in the labor force into consideration) was 8.3 percent, which is 6.3 percentage points higher than in February 2020. The unemployment rate is 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2021 when it was at 8.4 percent.



From the data and analysis above, we continued to observe the negative impact of COVID-19 on our local economy. Nevertheless, the community needs to remain focused on job-retention projects in targeted industries, as well as all sectors. These industries have been identified as the Miami-Dade County industries most able to create additional well-paying job opportunities, leading to an improved quality of life for Miami-Dade County 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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