REGIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECREASES IN DECEMBER 2016

 

CareerSource Capital Region Announces Medical and Health Care Hiring Fair on March 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that the Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties’ combined unemployment rate was 4.5% in December 2016, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This rate is 0.2% lower than the region’s rate of 4.7% from November 2016 and is also 0.2% lower than the state’s rate for December 2016. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remains the lowest in the Capital Region with 3.9%. It was followed by Leon County at 4.4%, and Gadsden County at 6.0%. All three regions saw a decrease in the unemployment rate compared to November 2016.

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 was tied for the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in professional and business services (+5.7 percent) in December 2016.
  • Out of a labor force of 184,008 there were 8,299 unemployed residents in the region. Overall the number of unemployed residents decreased by 401 people for December 2016.
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (+1,200 jobs); professional and business services (+1,100 jobs); education and health services (+600 jobs); financial activities (+300 jobs); other services (+300 jobs); government (+300 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+100 jobs).
     

“We are excited to see growth in the medical and health care industry,” said CareerSource Capital Region Senior Director Kara Palmer Smith. “On March 2, we will be featuring these industries at our Medical and Health Care Hiring Fair. This is a unique opportunity for local employers to recruit talent for open positions.”

Employers who are interested in recruiting at this event can visit www.careersourcecapitalregion.com to register online or call (850) 413-0315.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 20, 2017

PRESS CONTACT:

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

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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.