Regional Unemployment Rate Announced for July 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that the Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties combined unemployment rate was 5.1% in July 2016, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

This rate is 0.5% lower than the region’s rate of 5.6% from one year ago. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate of 4.4% was the lowest in the region, followed by Leon County at 5.0%, and Gadsden County at 6.4%. The Tallahassee metro area had the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in the leisure and hospitality industries with a growth rate of 6.1% in July 2016.

“We’re pleased to see the growth in the hospitality industry throughout our region,” McShane said. “On September 7, we are partnering with Tallahassee Community College’s Center for Workforce Development to highlight this growth at our Retail & Hospitality Hiring Fair.”

The Retail & Hospitality Hiring Fair will feature local employers seeking candidates for current job openings in these industries. Employers and career seekers who are interested in attending can visit to learn more.

In addition to a 0.5% decrease from July 2015, the Department of Economic Opportunity also provided the following positive economic indicators for our region:

  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (+1,300 jobs); professional and business services (+1,200 jobs); education and health services (+500 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+300 jobs); financial activities (+300 jobs); and other services (+200 jobs).
  • Out of a labor force of 180,673 there were 9,162 unemployed residents in the region.
  • The region's July 2016 unemployment rate was equal to the state rate of 5.1 %.
  • In July 2016 nonagricultural employment in the Tallahassee MSA was 171,400, an increase of 3,600 jobs (+2.1%) over the year.

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August 19, 2016


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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.