Capital Region Unemployment Rate Decreases by 0.5% for March 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The regional unemployment rate for Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties decreased by 0.5% for March 2017 according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The region’s rate of 4.0% was 0.5% lower than the state’s rate for March 2017. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the Capital Region with 3.5%. Leon County followed at 3.9% and Gadsden County at 5.4%. 

The top advertised occupations in the Capital Region in March 2017 were as follows:

  • Registered Nurses (362 jobs)
  • Computer Systems Analysts (169 jobs)
  • Software Developers, Applications (154 jobs)

“To accommodate the consistent growth in the health care and IT industries, our team recently hosted a series of industry sector focus groups to build stronger relationships through open discussion about solutions for industry challenges in the Capital Region and in the state of Florida,” said CareerSource Capital Region Senior Director Kara Palmer Smith.

The focus groups, which were held in February 2017, included over 50 individuals representing local businesses and education providers as well as economic and workforce development partners. At the event, businesses shared their recruitment challenges, education providers shared their perspective of business hiring needs, and economic development and workforce partners shared resources available to help businesses and education providers. 

To receive information about how to get involved with future industry sector focus groups visit to contact our team or call (850) 414-6085.

For more information about the Capital Region’s Unemployment Report for March 2017, click here. 


April 21, 2017


Selena Coles
Office (850) 617-4554, Cell (850) 508-1698


About CareerSource Capital Region

CareerSource Capital Region connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties. Solutions for career seekers include one-on-one career advising, interviewing and resume-writing assistance, employment workshops, and labor market information. Solutions for employers include recruitment assistance, skills assessments for applicants, customized training, and information on tax incentives. Employers and career seekers are matched through the Employ Florida Marketplace system. All solutions are provided at no cost. Programs funded through CareerSource Capital Region are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network.