Unemployment may be staggeringly high in Florida, but according to a new analysis by On Numbers, the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area added the 11th most private sector jobs of any metro area in 2011. That only added up to 21,600 new jobs, though. And, in terms of percentage growth, the area only ranked 43rd.
"On Numbers used preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to estimate 2011's private-sector employment totals for the nation's 100 biggest metros. (The official 2011 figures will be released at the end of February)," writes G. Scott Thomas.
"The 2011 figures offer a hint of economic optimism. Eighty-seven of the 100 markets added private-sector jobs last year, suggesting that a broad-based recovery could be taking hold."
The area had 1,868,000 private sector jobs in 2010, but grew to an estimated average of 1,889,600 in 2011.
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However, Miami's high placement on the list may have something to do with our large population. That only amounts to a 1.16% percent increase. That's 43rd compared to the rest of the areas on a percentage basis.
Other Florida metros didn't do much better. Orlando ranked 22nd in overall numbers, and 38th based on percentage. Tampa came in 19th and 39th. Jacksonville was 46th and 48th respectively.