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Local Employment Rates Show Life

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane announced today that Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties combined unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in December, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The Tallahassee metro area had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in leisure and hospitality (+7.9 percent) in December 2015.

“CareerSource Capital Region continues to lead the way for connecting businesses to area talent,” McShane said. “We are currently introducing our targeted hiring fairs. The first one is set for Wednesday, February 3rd and will focus on IT, Professional and Financial Services.”

The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more positive economic indicators for the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area (Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties), including:

  • Wakulla County’s unemployment rate (4.0 percent) was the lowest in the CareerSource Capital Region, followed by Leon County (4.4 percent) and Gadsden County (6.0 percent).
  • Nonagricultural employment in the Tallahassee metro area was 177, 800 in December 2015, up 700 jobs (+0.4) percent from December 2014.
  • Leisure and hospitality (+7.9) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+4.0 percent) grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  • The industries that gained jobs over the year were: leisure and hospitality (+1,500 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,000 jobs); and educations and health services (+700 jobs).

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