Financial Aid Available for Career Seekers Interested in Advancing their Careers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that the Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties’ combined unemployment rate was 4.7% in November 2016, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

This rate is 0.1% lower than the region’s rate of 4.8% from October 2016 and is 0.1% lower than the state’s rate for the previous year. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged as the lowest of the Capital Region counties with 4.2%. It was followed by Leon County at 4.6%, and Gadsden County at 6.2%.

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

  • The Tallahassee MSA had the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in leisure and hospitality (+6.1 percent) in November 2016.
  • Out of a labor force of 183,553 there were 8,700 unemployed residents in the region.
  • The leisure and hospitality (+6.1 percent); and other services (+3.4 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (+1,200 jobs); professional and business services (+700 jobs); education and health services (+600 jobs); other services (+300 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+200 jobs); financial activities (+200 jobs); and government (+100 jobs).

“We are pleased to see continued job growth in our region,” said CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane. “As people in our community plan to advance their career in the New Year we encourage them to take advantage of the support that we offer. In particular, we encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing further education at a technical school or certificate program to learn about the financial aid that we have available to help them pay for tuition, books, fees, and exams.”

Career seekers who are interested in applying for financial aid can visit a local career center or visit to view eligible training programs and request more information. 

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December 16, 2016


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.