PROBLEM


In 2016, JP Morgan Chase funded a workforce skills gap analysis for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s public/private economic development organization. A key finding of the study showed the discrepancy between historically low unemployment across Broward below 5% and some areas with rates 10% or higher. These zip codes 33311, 33313, 33319, 33069, 33023, 33309 represents 12 of Broward’s 31 municipalities. These areas, due to ongoing structural racism and racial residential segregation also have median income levels that are lower than the county average ($30,000 vs $53,000)

There are over 300,000 residents in the six zip codes. Approximately 92,000 of those between ages 25 - 64 are not in the labor force.


The median household income in the six zip codes is $30,000 compared to the county median of $53,000. While the post secondary educational attainment rate for the county is 43.9% for adults 25-64 years old, the average is 27% in the six zip codes. The under-18 poverty rate ranges from 20.1% to 47.3%
Additionally, these zip codes have a history of racial disparities and inequalities going back decades, with transportation, home ownership and other challenges creating generational cycles of poverty. 65% of the residents in the zip codes are black and 14% are Hispanic, making up 79% of the residents.