Second only to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, which had an increase of 4.2 percent since April 2013's employment numbers, the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas saw the second largest year-over-year percent increase in metropolitan employment, according to a new report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, which includes Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach and the Miami area, which includes Miami Beach and Kendall, both reported an employment increase of 3.3 percent since last April.
May's employment numbers are yet to be released.
Nationally, unemployment rates were lower in April than a year ago in 96 percent of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas. Unemployment was higher in 12 areas and unchanged in three.
Yuma, Ariz. and El Centro, Calif. had the highest metropolitan unemployment rates in April, with 23.8 percent and 21.6 percent respectively, the report said.\
The national unemployment rate in April was 5.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent a year earlier.