See how low Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate fell


Palm Beach County’s jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in December, the lowest point since June 2007.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment fell to 5 percent last month, down from 5.1 percent in November. The state continued to post strong job growth — Florida employment grew by 2.9 percent over the past year, compared to a national average of 1.9 percent.

Palm Beach County gained 14,100 jobs over the year, led by professional and business services, which added 6,900 jobs. Trade/transportation/utilities and education/health services added 3,100 jobs each. The low-paying leisure and hospitality sector added 1,600 positions.

Construction, once crucial to Palm Beach County’s job growh, remains a laggard. It added only 300 jobs over the past year.

Among Florida counties, unemployment ranged from a low of 3.2 percent in Monroe County to a high of 7.3 percent in Hendry County.

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