Upcoming Paychecks for Patriots event highlights opportunities available throughout the Capital Region

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that the Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties’ combined unemployment rate was 4.9% in September 2016, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

This rate is 0.1% lower than the region’s rate of 5.0% from one year ago and is 0.1% lower than the state’s rate for September 2016. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate of 4.1% was the lowest in the region, followed by Leon County at 4.8%, and Gadsden County at 6.1%.

“We are pleased to see the decrease in unemployment rates across our region,” said Jim McShane, CareerSource Capital Region CEO. “The decrease exemplifies the variety of opportunities throughout Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties.”

As a part of an ongoing effort to connect employers to the talent they need, CareerSource Capital Region is pleased to present Paychecks for Patriots in honor of Hire a Vet Month on November 10, 2016, at the Tallahassee Community College Center for Workforce Development from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

At this event, career seekers will be able to speak with over 20 employers who are hiring in a variety of industries. This event also provides Veterans and their families with exclusive access to the employers during the first hour of the event. Candidates should bring several copies of their resume and dress for an interview. Free professional headshots will also be available at the event. For additional information visit

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

  • The professional and business services (+5.3 percent); financial activities (+4.3 percent); and other services (+3.4 percent) industries grew as fast as or faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  • Out of a labor force of 184,333 there were 8,950 unemployed residents in the region.
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: professional and business services (+1,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+700 jobs); education and health services (+600 jobs); financial activities (+300 jobs); other services (+300 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+200 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+100 jobs).

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October 21, 2016


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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.