Regional Unemployment Rate Announced for August 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that the Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties combined unemployment rate was 4.8% in August 2016, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
This rate was 0.6% lower than the region’s rate of 5.4% from one year ago and 0.3% lower than the region’s rate for July 2016. Wakulla County’s unemployment rate of 4.1% was the lowest in the region, followed by Leon County at 4.7%, and Gadsden County at 6.3%.

“As we prepare for our Retail and Hospitality Hiring Fair on September 20,” said Kara Palmer Smith, Senior Director at CareerSource Capital Region, “we are pleased to see continued growth in the hospitality industry throughout our region.”

The Retail & Hospitality Hiring Fair will feature over 20 local employers who are actively seeking candidates for current job openings in these industries. Candidates should bring several copies of their resume and be prepared for on-site interviews. Event details and the list of participating employers is available for download at www.careersourcecapitalregion.com.

In addition to a 0.6% decrease from August 2015, the Department of Economic Opportunity also provided the following positive economic indicators for our region:

  • The Tallahassee metro area had the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in the leisure and hospitality industries with a growth rate of 6.7% in August 2016.
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (+1,200 jobs); professional and business services (+800 jobs); education and health services (+400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+200 jobs); financial activities (+200 jobs); and other services (+200 jobs).
  • Out of a labor force of 178,988 there were 8,661 unemployed residents in the region.
  • The region's August 2016 unemployment rate is 0.1 % less than the state rate of 4.9%.

For additional information related to the report click here. To learn more about the solutions offered at no-cost to both employers and career seekers by CareerSource Capital Region, call 844-CAREER1, visit www.careersourcecapitalregion.com, or follow us on social media.


September 16, 2016


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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.