The Miami unemployment (Click here) continued to climb last month.
During March, the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall area's unemployment rate increased from 11.3 percent to 12 percent, following an increase from 11 percent during February. That increase keeps the area's rate above the national average of 9.7 percent.
The Miami area had a total non-farm employment of 978,800 workers during March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 978,300 workers during February, but a 2.1 percent decrease from last year.
Five industries managed to see a monthly increase in employment, including: construction by 200 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities by 100 jobs; education and health services by 800 jobs; leisure and hospitality by 700 jobs; and government by 200 jobs.
Employment in the manufacturing and other services industries remained even over the month with 35,600 jobs, and 38,600 jobs, respectively. Employment in the mining and logging industry remained even over the month and year with 300 jobs.
Only the education and health services industry was able to see a yearly increase in employment. The industry employed 159,900 workers during March, up from 159,100 workers during February and a 2.6 percent increase from March 2009.
The construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year. The industry employed 33,600 workers during March, up from 33,400 workers during February, but a 15.2 percent decrease from last year.
Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in employment include:
- Manufacturing by 9 percent
- Trade, transportation and utilities by 2.3 percent
- Information by 11.6 percent
- Financial activities by 6.1 percent
- Professional and business services by .6 percent
- Leisure and hospitality by 1.4 percent
- Other services by 2.5 percent
- Government by .5 percent