The Broward County unemployment rate increased from 5.3 percent in June to 5.7 percent in July. This is better than one year ago when the jobless rate was 6.4 percent, according to an article by Marcia Heroux Pounds in the August 16 Sun Sentinel.
The Broward County employment rate is still very good and most people who want a job can get one. The slight uptick in the unemployment rate may have to do with the general slowness of the summer season and the fact that more people are seeking to reenter the job market after years of being too discouraged to apply for work.
"I am starting to apply for jobs now that the economy is starting to improve. I have a background in retail management and I really want to get back to work. I will stock shelves or mop floors just to get started," said Gary McDonald.
"It is always discouraging when there is an increase in the unemployment rate. But I think the economy is getting better and stronger and I believe more jobs will be available in the near future. I work in construction, a field that was hit hard by the recession. I believe there are more opportunities than ever for people who want to work," said Reginald Bowers.
"I am glad that the economy is doing well. But I hope it continues to do well. I remember how people struggled during the recession. I don't want to go back to that. I work as a waiter in a restaurant and I need people to do well so they will come and eat at my restaurant," said Ted Sorrel.
"We need to make sure that the economy stays strong. I hope everyone has a job. When more people are working more people are happy and more people are spending money. This is good for everyone. If we are all working then everything is going well. I hope we don't have another down time in the economy," said Betsy Henley.
"We have had good new with the economy in recent months. I want the employment rate to remain strong because that means everyone is working and spending money. I work in retail and want people to have money so they can spend it in my store," said Jennifer West.