CareerSource Capital Region Trains Career Seekers to Accommodate Job Growth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that the Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties’ combined unemployment rate was 5.2% in January 2017, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This rate was equal to the state rate for the same period and 0.3% higher than the region’s rate from January 2016. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remains the lowest in the Capital Region with 4.5%. It was followed by Leon County at 5.1% and Gadsden County at 6.9%. 

In addition to the regional unemployment rate, the Department of Economic Opportunity also provided the following economic indicators for the Capital Region:

  • The Tallahassee MSA had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in other services (+13.5 percent) in January 2017.

  • Out of a labor force of 184,889, there were 9,628 unemployed residents in the region.

  • The top advertised occupations in our region for January 2017 were as follows in order of the number of online advertisements: Registered Nurses (322 jobs) , First-Line Supervisors for Retail Sales Workers (184 jobs), and First-Line Supervisors for Food Preparation and Serving Workers (111 jobs).

“As we continue to see job growth in our region, it’s more important than ever for career seekers in our community to train for new and better jobs,” said CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane. “Through financial aid and on the job training, we help people every day who want to train for future jobs. If they need to go back to school, we help them pay for it. If they need experience, we pay them to work with a local employer so they can learn new skills. It’s a win for career seekers, employers, and our community.”

Career seekers who are interested in finding out if they are eligible for up to $10,000 in financial aid or 240 hours of paid training should request more information at

For additional information related to the Unemployment Report click here. To learn more about the solutions offered at no cost to both employers and career seekers by CareerSource Capital Region, call 844-CAREER1, visit, or follow us on social media.


March 13, 2017


Selena Coles
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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.