The Broward County unemployment rate for the month of October was 5.3%, down by 0.3% points from the previous month. The region’s jobless rate was 1.6% points lower than the year-ago rate of 6.9%. Broward County's unemployment rate was 1.3% points lower than the state rate (6.6%) and 1.7% points lower than the national unemployment rate (7.0%). The total labor force in Broward County is 1,025,542, of which 54,701 are unemployed residents. Broward County ranked third among all metro areas for total nonagricultural job growth in October. Broward County led all metro areas in the state for over-the-year growth in financial activities (2,900+ jobs); other services (1,000+ jobs); and information (300+ jobs).