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Trying To Get A Job? The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Helped Add Hundreds In Broward Last Year

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The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance released its annual report Thursday evening. It has brought more than 870 new jobs to Broward County in the past year.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance helped bring more than 870 new jobs to Broward County over the last fiscal year. 

That's fewer jobs than the nearly 2,000 added the year before. 

The figures are from the public/private economic development partnership's annual report, which was released Thursday night.

Bob Swindell is President and CEO of The Alliance. Despite the dip, he said job growth in the county is steady. 

"We're not going to see, you know, a thousand, two-thousand new jobs per year - it will be more gradual," he said. "But it will be a sustainable rate - more to what we were used to before the Great Recession."

According to the latest figures out Friday, Broward County's unemployment rate is 2.8 percent, lower than the state average of 3.5 percent.

 

The jobs that The Alliance looks to recruit - and retain - are non-entry level, higher-skill, and higher-wage positions. It does that by attracting companies to move their operations to the area, and mediates between companies and the state and county.

A lot of the new jobs that were recruited for the area are in technology companies. 

Dan Levi worked in the Navy, then chemical sales for 20 years. He was laid off in July, and has been looking for a new job. 

"I see it, I don't know if I'm positioned well for it," Levi said about the tech jobs. "And what I mean by that is, I might be old tech, as opposed to new tech. Tech is not the same as it used to be."

Marie Jones is also going through a career transition after working in HR in the hospitality industry for 18 years. She has been working with the agency CareerSource Broward for the past couple of weeks. 

"When I first started, prior to being introduced to CareerSource Broward services, I wasn't optimistic at all," she said. 

Jones describes the process of trying to find available jobs as a nerve-wracking experience. But after finding trainings like the Professional Placement Network, she said she feels more confident now.

"The market is better than I thought," she said.