Tallahassee, FL - September 21, 2012
The local and state unemployment figures were released today. WORKFORCE plus, the local workforce development agency, is pleased to report that the Tallahassee MSA is seeing job gains locally in a number of industries including Information, Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services, Leisure and Hospitality and Other Services. All together, these industries accounted for 1500 jobs gained from August 2011 to August 2012.
In August, Gadsden County saw a .5 percent decrease from the July 2012 rate, moving from 9.8 to 9.3. Over the year, there was a decrease of 1.9 percent from 11.2 . Leon County saw a .9 percent decrease moving from 8.1 to 7.2 percent over the month and a 1.5 percent decrease over the year from 8.7. Lastly, Wakulla, with a decrease locally moved .6 percent from 7.4 to 6.8 and saw a 1.8 percent decrease over the year from 8.6. With these significant decreases seen locally, the Tallahassee MSA had the third lowest unemployment in the state at 7.5 percent behind the Crestview/Ft. Walton MSA and the Gainesville MSA. All numbers reported for local unemployment are not seasonally adjusted, meaning seasonality is not taken into account. This could include things such as school breaks, events, agricultural seasons, etc.
“We are seeing a strong pick-up in the number of jobs being posted in our job bank, Employ Florida Marketplace ,” Kimberly A. Moore, CEO of WORKFORCE plus said. “Additionally, we are being contacted weekly by employers to conduct formal recruitments as a result of their business expansion or new business being located in our area.”
WORKFORCE plus is currently seeking applicants for 50+ part-time positions available with a local fast food restaurant expanding with a new location opening in early December. Positions include cooks, servers and cashiers and require excellent customer service skills, reliable transportation and at least an 11th grade education. Interviews are being set for early October but interested persons are encouraged not to wait. To get an application, please visit your local office or call (866) WFP-JOB1.
There are a multitude of positions available that include and are not limited to: Healthcare Coordinator, LPN, Licensed Plumber, Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanic, Chief Financial Officer, Project Manager, Programmer and more! All positions available through WORKFORCE plus are listed on the Employ Florida Marketplace. This free online job board is used throughout Florida to list job opportunities available in both public and private employment as well as state government. Job seekers can access a resume tutorial, information on labor market trends as well as set up a Virtual Recruiter for immediate identification of potential job listings that fall in their area of expertise.
“Whether you’re looking for employment in the private or public sector or with local/state government, the Employ Florida Marketplace is the comprehensive job search tool that every job seeker should include in their job search,” said Kimberly Moore.
For more information about WORKFORCE plus and the multitude of programs offered, go to www.wfplus.org or call 1-866-WFP-JOB1. Programs funded through WORKFORCE plus 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.