Job Creation

By Kate Gaier
5 pm - August 29, 2006

The Big Bend is just one region in the Sunshine State to also show low unemployment numbers.

Pamela Moses knows firsthand that searching for a job can be a difficult time.

"There was a time that I have been unemployed and it was a hard time, it was a struggle but every day I kept going forward because one day it'd get better."

And times did get better for Moses, she says it didn't take long to find a good job. Numbers from the Agency for Workforce Innovations show times are getting better for the entire state of Florida.

With an unemployment rate of three percent, that falls well below the national rate of 4.8 percent, and numbers show the job growth in the Sunshine State is more than twice the national average.

Job seekers in the Big Bend are experiencing even better news. July's unemployment rate for Leon and surrounding counties also falls well below the national average.

Zsa Zsa Ingram-Fitzpatrick works for a local employment agency and said, "I think a lot of people are looking for job growth and improvement in the quality of jobs that they have."

Whether residents are looking for a new job, or just a better one, the numbers are in favor of the Florida job seeker. Data from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation shows the state's unemployment rate has been below the national average since 2002.