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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ocala employers continue to put out the call for workers

Ocala employers are continuing to put out the call for workers.

Employers across the entire city are hoping to fill job vacancies that have grown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Along S.R. 200, virtually every business has “Now Hiring” signs posted, including Outback, Ollie’s, Texas Roadhouse, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and a collection of others.

Outback on SR 200 is hiring
Outback on SR 200 is hiring

Ollies Bargain Outlet is hiring
Ollies Bargain Outlet is hiring

The scene is no different in downtown Ocala, where multiple employers have put out the call in the wake of staff shortages.

The Bubble Bar Boba Tea Shop in downtown Ocala is hiring
The Bubble Bar Boba Tea Shop in downtown Ocala is hiring

The Lodge Brick City Craft Pub & Eatery
The Lodge recently announced that they were hiring across all positions for their multi-story business

Government and private organizations are hosting job fairs, presenting multiple opportunities for job seekers to meet face-to-face with potential employers. The College of Central Florida, Paddock Mall, and the City of Ocala have all announced that they will either host or participate in job fairs this month.

Last month, Chick-fil-A announced a reduction in their hours on account of staff shortages.

The unemployment rate in Marion County was down from 13.1% a year ago to 5.5% this past April. Compared to all metro areas in Florida, the Ocala MSA tied for the third fastest annual job growth rate in government. May figures will be available in mid-June.