TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— November 18, 2011 -
The U.S. Department of Labor released unemployment numbers for October 2011 today. The unemployment rate for the Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla area sits at 7.9 percent, down .6 percent from September 2011 and down .3 percent from the year-ago rate of percent.
Florida saw the lowest unemployment rate in the last 28 months with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sitting at 10.3 percent, a decrease of .3 percent since the September 2011 rate and a 1.5 percent decrease since the October 2010 rate of 11.8 percent. In October 2011, the national unemployment rate was .1 percent down to 9.0. The national unemployment rate has hovered between 9.2 and 9.0 percent since April 2011. Both locally and in Florida, we have seen an increase in industries such as healthcare and education services and leisure and hospitality.
With these statistics in mind, WORKFORCE plus is encouraging job seekers and those wanting a career change to remain diligent in their job searches, to take advantage of WORKFORCE plus services and to tailor their efforts to specific areas of opportunity.
There is the temptation sometimes for job seekers to reduce the intensity with which they search for unemployment, but during the greatest retail season of the year, the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities for job seekers to find retail or customer service work.
Additionally, there is no better time than now to take advantage of the services WORKFORCE plus has to offer in order to keep up the momentum in your job search. WORKFORCE plus boasts the Training Academy, a technological onsite learning outlet that equips participants with basic computer skills or a mastery of Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Another initiative WORKFORCE plus has invested in for the community is the 5 Steps to Rapid Employment program. This two week course completely revitalizes a job seeker’s outlook on their career journey and equips them from all angles to go from having a ‘job hunt’ to running a ‘jobs campaign.’ This course is designed to quickly get the unemployed back to work in gainful employment. Lastly, WORKFORCE plus hosts an array of career-enhancing workshops at each of its offices every week. All of these services come at no cost.
Finally, reports like the Help Wanted Online monthly report released by the Conference Board, provide deep insight into what industries have the most opportunities for those looking for work. In our area, the Healthcare industry has consistently provided the most jobs and had the greatest need for workers over the last seven months. With that in mind, job seekers should try to display to employers how their career experience translates into viable experience for the healthcare field.
“Overall, we continue to see an increase in the number of jobs being listed in our system,” said Kimberly Moore, CEO of WORKFORCE plus. “As a result, we encourage job seekers to remain diligent in their efforts to secure employment, to take advantage of our no-cost services at WORKFORCE plus and to capitalize on opportunities that allow them to become more marketable. Additionally, we encourage employers to continue to post jobs and take advantage of the tremendous talent pool we have available locally.”