Miami-Dade Added Nearly 19,000 Jobs in April as Unemployment Rate Dipped to 5 percent

Media Contact: Maria Camacho mcamacho@beaconcouncil.com (305) 579-1341 (Miami) Miami-Dade added 18,700 new payroll jobs in the past year and unemployment decreased to 5 percent in April, from 5.4 percent the previous month, according to statistics released Friday. “We’re encouraged as we continue to see year-over-year job growth across sectors,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, […]

More than 23,000 Miami-Dade Payroll Jobs added from March 2016 to 2017

Miami-Dade experienced a healthy 2 percent job growth or 23,400 payroll jobs from March 2016 to March 2017 across industries with Education and Health Services (8,600) and Professional and Business Services (5,000) leading, according to state figures released Friday.

Miami-Dade Leads the State in Annual Job Growth in Education and Health Services

March 14, 2017 Miami-Dade County had the highest annual job growth in education and health services (8,100 jobs) compared to other metro areas in Florida from January 2016 to January 2017, according to statistics released March 10. “Education and health services provide above-average paying wages,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic […]

Gov. Scott Announces Cosentino to Relocate Americas Headquarters from Texas to Florida

March 15, 2017 Gov. Scott Announces Cosentino to Relocate Americas Headquarters from Texas to Florida   CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Cosentino, a global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, is relocating its Americas Headquarters from Sugarland, Texas to Coral Gables. The relocation will create 85 new jobs and […]

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council "Unlocks New Worlds of Business Opportunity"

March 7, 2017   During annual presentation of “Keys to the County” by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez,  Presented by TD Bank   (Miami, FL – March 7, 2017) – It’s a night to honor the growth of commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit of Miami-Dade County. The 2017 Key Ceremony is the event of the […]

Miami: A new haven for young professionals

BY LARRY K. WILLIAMS beaconcouncil.com Miami is winning the brain gain race. A recent study supported by the Knight Foundation listed Miami as one of the top areas in the nation attracting young professionals. Miami’s share of educated millennials increased by almost 25 percent in the last 10 years, including a jump of 118 percent […]

Beacon Council outlines plans for local job development

BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS nnehamas@miamiherald.com   Miami-Dade County must keep diversifying its economy in order to protect against another recession, local community leaders said at an annual Beacon Council meeting on Wednesday. The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency, announced plans to launch an online career portal for job-seekers and employers in seven key industries at […]

Op-ed: Skills Gap Highlights Challenges, Opportunities for Miami

Workforce initiatives focus on creating and filling middle-skills jobs. By Chauncy Lennon and Larry K. Williams When the global economy sputtered and seized in the recession of 2008-2010, Florida’s Miami-Dade County region was hit hard. Today, the economy has vastly improved with the unemployment rate close to pre-recession levels. It’s a good time to evaluate and address our […]

South Florida has what Amazon values — we embrace change, innovation, reinvention

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos begins a recent letter to the shareholders with this question. His answer is simple: “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”

Meet the gatekeepers to South Florida’s Amazon HQ2 bid

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters may be shrouded in secrecy. But in South Florida, three power brokers have a direct line to the e-commerce giant as they make their pitch to host HQ2.

Cover Story: How Miami compares to other possible Amazon HQ2 cities

John Schoettler, Amazon’s head of real estate, gave a few hints about what the company wants from its new headquarters city.
“We look forward to cities that are … progressive and are thinking forward and long term, in terms of affordable housing and mass transportation and being able to move people around,” he said.

4 Tips to Optimize Your Launch in a New Market

It’s been my personal experience that entering a new market is a great ordeal. It’s time-consuming, financially daunting and worst of all, it comes with unforeseeable complications. From misjudging cultural biases to incorrectly pricing a product or service by not efficiently studying the new region, keeping these steps in mind should ease the entire process — especially for first-time entrepreneurs.

How do you woo a new Amazon headquarters to the area? It’s all in the numbers

The 238 communities vying to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Creating up to 50,000 new jobs, paying $100,000 average salaries, Amazon’s HQ2, as it’s called, promises an economic burst that could fundamentally change the region’s business landscape.

Why Miami could still be a winner even if it loses the Amazon headquarters

Miami was always seen as an underdog for Amazon’s headquarters, given its thin roster of heavy corporate hitters, lack of a tech-savvy workforce and low marks on certain urban perks, like a vibrant transit system.

Hey there, Amazon, Miami’s where you need to be!

Amazon has made clear what it wants for HQ2: a business-friendly environment, a highly trained technical workforce, financial incentives and transportation infrastructure. How do we stack up?

Meet the 2018 South Florida Power Leaders

This year, as in years past, the list of South Florida Power Leaders reflects a dynamic regional marketplace. Of the 153 executives on our list, 57 were not on last year’s list. Newcomers represent such sectors as construction, travel and tourism, regional business development and even pet supplies, which saw home-grown Chewy.com acquired for a rumored $3.35 billion last year.

Amazon’s HQ2 And The Sunshine Economy

Bob Swindell learned that South Florida made Amazon’s shortlist for its second corporate headquarters like a lot of people – – from a news alert on his phone.

A NEW MISSION 2018 brings opportunity for Miami’s small businesses

A new year gives Black small businesses the opportunity for growth and new connections. With new programs in Miami launching and existing programs amping up their engagement, Black small businesses can use these resources to make this year better than the last.

Miami-Dade Continues Adding Thousands of Jobs

Miami-Dade Continues Adding Thousands of Jobs   Key Takeaways   The August 2021 unemployment rate improved compared to last year. This August’s unemployment report shows that the unemployment rate decreased by 2.4% compared to August of 2020. Nonagricultural payroll jobs increased by 68,000 from August 2020 to August 2021; a 6.2% increase. There was an […]

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.5%

Key Takeaways The July 2021 unemployment rate improved compared to last month and last year. This July’s unemployment report shows that the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 8.7% compared to July of 2020. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.6%, from 7.1% in June 2021 to 6.5% in July 2021. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, […]

Project Opioid Miami-Dade Pushes for Action on International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st

Miami-Dade County Continues Adding Jobs as Economy Recovers From COVID

Key Takeaways The June 2021 unemployment rate improved compared to last year. The June 2021 unemployment rate decreased by 3% compared to last year. The unemployment rate increased slightly by 0.4% compared to last month. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, which take seasonal fluctuations into consideration, continue to show a downward trend in unemployment rates. Miami-Dade […]

Miami Community Ventures Launches New Initiatives, Sets Bold Goals for Year Two

Skills-development and job-placement programing considered critical to support Miami’s immense business growth MIAMI, FL – JUNE 29, 2021 – While technology and finance companies flock to Greater Miami, the Beacon Council Foundation’s Miami Community Ventures (MCV) connects low-income, structurally-unemployed individuals to living wage jobs and long-term career pathways to stay on-track with the city’s growth.   […]

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop, Job Growth is Among the Highest in Florida

Key Takeaways Miami-Dade’s unemployment rate continues to improve as the area recovers from COVID-19. In May 2021, the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7% compared to 10.3% in May of 2020; a decrease of 3.6%. Compared to last month (April), the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2%. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, which take seasonal fluctuations into consideration, […]

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.9%

Key Takeaways The unemployment rate continues to improve as the area recovers from COVID-19. In April 2021, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9%, an improvement compared to March’s unemployment rate of 8.2%. Compared to April of 2020, non-agricultural payroll jobs have increased significantly. o Almost all sectors added jobs between April 2020 and […]

March 2021 Employment Report

The numbers analyzed  In March 2021, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County was 8.2 percent. From February 2021 to March 2021, there was an increase of 7,800 nonagricultural payroll jobs, which is a 0.7 percentage point increase. Many sectors have begun adding jobs. The County had a reduction of 82,500 nonagricultural payroll […]

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 […]

Diana Londoño is Awarded with 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development by DCI

Miami, FL– March 17, 2021 – Diana Londono, Vice President of International Economic Development for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council has been announced as a recipient of the 2021 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizing rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry. The awards program is hosted by Development Counsellors International […]

Blog Archives

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Miami-Dade Sites

View maps to find land, commercial space, and data points in Miami-Dade county.

Back to Top