Increased Competition in Job Search Market Opens the Door for Businesses to Connect with Hidden Talent

TALLAHASSEE, FL – According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the regional unemployment rate for Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties was 3.4 percent for December 2017.

The region’s rate was 0.2 percent lower than the region’s rate for the previous month and 0.3 percent lower than the state’s rate for December 2017. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the Capital Region at 3.0 percent. Leon County followed at 3.2 percent. Gadsden County was at 4.5 percent.


The top advertised occupations in the Capital Region in December 2017 were as follows:

  • Registered Nurses (311 jobs)
  • Computer Systems Analysts (237 jobs)
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (184 jobs)

“As the Unemployment Rate decreases, competitiveness in the job market increases,” stated Kara Palmer Smith, Senior Director of CareerSource Capital Region. “Businesses need to think outside of the box and find the hidden talent that they’ve never before considered. Our solutions can help them do just that.”


CareerSource Capital Region can assist local businesses, of all industries and sizes, as they seek to recruit, train, and retain talent. To learn more businesses can visit or call (850) 414-6085 to speak with an Account Manager.


For more information about the Capital Region’s Unemployment Report for December 2017, click here.


January 19, 2018


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.