Job Growth and Regional Unemployment Rate Announced for May 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the regional unemployment rate for Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties remained unchanged at 3.7% for May 2017.

The region’s rate was 0.7% lower than the region’s rate for May 2016 and 0.3% lower than the state’s rate for 2017. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the Capital Region with 3.3%. Leon County followed at 3.6%. Gadsden County was at 5.1%. 

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

  • Registered Nurses (373 jobs)
  • Computer Systems Analysts (190 jobs)
  • Management Analysts (162 jobs)

“Each month, we see growth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers throughout our region,” said CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane. “One of the ways that we connect career seekers to opportunities in these fields is through our STEM Ready program.”

STEM Ready is a U.S. Department of Labor grant-funded program that provides financial aid, paid internships, and job placement assistance for career seekers interested in STEM careers. Career seekers who are interested in this program are encouraged to visit or call (850) 414-6085 as soon as possible. Up to $15,000 in financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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


June 16, 2017


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.