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Efforts to strengthen the County’s economy include the attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses through a partnership with the Beacon Council, encouragement of international trade, and special programs for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate

  • US - 4.6%
  • FL - 4.0%
  • Miami-Dade - 3.8%

More than 33 million travelers flew out of Miami International
Airport in 2007.


  • The Beacon Council, in partnership with Miami-Dade County, helped 20 businesses open new offices in Miami-Dade County, representing 190,000 new square feet and $31 million in estimated capital investment. The Beacon Council also successfully retained or expanded six local operations, which added over 450,000 square feet of commercial/industrial space and an estimated investment of over $36 million. The 26 projects added a total of 1,556 new direct and indirect jobs.   
  • The Department of Small Business Development provided specialized training and assistance to 167 certified small businesses to become qualified for bonding and loan opportunities during 2007.  Additionally, 850 contracts for a value of $205 million were awarded to small business as primes and/or subcontractors.
  • The County's largest economic engines, Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, served more passengers than last year:

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