The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 3.6% in August 2022, the same as the previous month, and 1.6 percentage points lower than last year’s rate.
Across the three-county region, the labor force in August 2022 was 209,938, an increase of 3,120 over the year. There were 7,560 unemployed residents in the region, which is 3,245 fewer than in August 2021.
According to preliminary employment data released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, there were 202,378 employed residents across the region, which is an increase of 6,365 compared to the same time last year.
Rusty Skinner, CareerSource CLM’s chief executive officer, said, “The overall trend is positive. Compared to 2021, all three counties show expansions of the labor force and employment. These factors drive a reduction in the number and percentage of our citizens that are unemployed.”
Last month, Levy County continued to hold the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.2%, followed by Marion County (3.5%) and Citrus County (4.2%).
Skinner noted that while the unemployment rate is lower than prior to the onset of the pandemic – with fewer people out of work and more employed – area businesses are expanding and focused on hiring.
In August 2022, non-agricultural employment in the Ocala metropolitan statistical area, which covers all of Marion County, was 112,300, an increase of 2,500 jobs over the year for a 2.3% annual growth rate.
In the Ocala MSA, the industries gaining jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality (+1,100 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+700 jobs); education and health services (+400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+200 jobs); other services (+200 jobs); and financial activities (+100 jobs).
The industries losing jobs over the year were professional and business services (-100 jobs) and government (-100 jobs).
The information and manufacturing industries were unchanged in the number of jobs.
CareerSource CLM is hosting a general job fair on Thursday, September 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center. There is no charge to attend the job fair which, to date, features 25 businesses with immediate positions to fill.
With the return of students to school, Skinner stated that employers who are seeking talent should think about talent as a building block for their companies.
“Students entering their junior and senior years offer employers a unique opportunity to build long-term employment relationships that will provide solid employees for the future development of their companies,” said Skinner. “Working together with our school districts, CareerSource CLM can help recruit your future workforce. Not only can we assist with those preparing to enter the world of work, we partner on Youth Career Expos that provide early career awareness to students in the eighth and ninth grades.”
For more information about job fairs, hiring events, and other candidate and business services, visit the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion website.