Florida is Working Again Says Recent Report on Job Growth

By: Department of Economic Opportunity Release Email
By: Department of Economic Opportunity Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- July 18, 2012

Continuing a strong trend, Florida's 24 regional workforce boards and the nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers they oversee have reported since January assisting more than 179,000 Floridians with finding employment - including more than 40,000 who previously were receiving Reemployment Assistance payments. In June, regional workforce boards reported assisting 28,500 Floridians who went to work, up 5 percent from May.

Of the 28,518 reported job placements in June's Monthly Job Placement Report, 6,652 -- or nearly a quarter -- were receiving reemployment assistance after losing their jobs.

"These job placements represent new economic opportunities for the recently hired workers and their employers," said Governor Scott. "As Florida continues to head in the right direction, the success of regional workforce boards in connecting job seekers with businesses supports our state's ongoing economic recovery. Every Floridian who wants to work should have the chance to do so, and that is why my administration remains keenly focused on jobs for Florida."

Since January, Florida's workforce system has assisted 179,716 people who found employment. Of those individuals, 40,399 had been receiving Reemployment Assistance payments. The Monthly Job Placement Report was developed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Workforce Florida.

"The six-month and June placement figures demonstrate the value Florida's workforce system delivers in supporting economic recovery and growth," said Chris Hart IV, President/CEO of Workforce Florida Inc., the state's chief workforce policy organization. "This good news also provides our system with momentum to continue developing collaborative partnerships and solutions among workforce, education, economic development entities and industry as we work together to position Florida as a global destination for business."

The top 10 ranked regional workforce boards for reported job placements in June are:
Pasco Hernando Workforce Board - Pasco and Hernando counties - Board Chair Lex Smith and President/CEO Jerome Salatino
Brevard Workforce - Brevard County - Board Chair Jack Rood and President Lisa Rice
WorkNet Pinellas - Pinellas County - Board Chair Dr. Tony Leisner and President Ed Peachey
Workforce Solutions - Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties - Board Chair Angie Metcalf and President/CEO Richard Stetson
Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board - Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington counties - Board Chair Darrin Wall and Executive Director Richard Williams
Workforce Connection - Citrus, Levy, Marion counties - Board Chair Suzanne Mills and CEO Rusty Skinner
Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board - Bay, Franklin, Gulf counties - Board Chair Gary Ross and Executive Director Kimberly Bodine
Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties - Okaloosa, Walton counties - Board Chair Dr. David Miller and Executive Director Linda Sumblin
The Center for Business Excellence - Flagler, Volusia counties - Board Chair John Wanamaker and President Rick Fraser
Workforce Escarosa- Escambia, Santa Rosa counties - Board Chair Jay Overman and Executive Director Susan B. Nelms

Among employers who hired Floridians in June with assistance from a regional workforce board is the Pinellas County office of Humana Health Insurance, a national insurance plan provider. Corporate Recruiter Dionisio Martin estimates WorkNet Pinellas has referred about a third of the company's new hires for the past three years. WorkNet Pinellas, which ranked third in June for job-placement performance, has provided services to Humana including job fairs, candidate sourcing and screening.

"At a time when many employers are not hiring, WorkNet Pinellas' support to increase Humana's visibility and presence in the community benefits our company and area job seekers," Martin said. "Over the past three years, WorkNet Pinellas has connected us with about 400 of the more than 1,200 registered nurses, customer service professionals, social workers and health education staff we have hired."

The Monthly Job Placement Report highlights job placement achievement and facilitates the identification and sharing of best practices. The report also provides another measurement of Florida's economic activities.

Employment data released last month from the Department of Economic Opportunity's Labor Market Statistics Center serve as an additional indicator.

Florida's 8.6-percent unemployment rate in May, down from 8.7 percent the previous month, is the lowest rate since December 2008. The number of jobs in Florida was 7,323,000 in May 2012, up 53,800 jobs compared to a year ago. May was the 22nd consecutive month with positive annual job growth.

The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+24,900 jobs, +2.4 percent). Other industries gaining jobs included trade, transportation and utilities (+21,300 jobs, +1.4 percent); private education and health services (+19,900 jobs, +1.8 percent); leisure and hospitality (+16,100 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+5,700 jobs, +1.2 percent); manufacturing (+4,900 jobs, +1.6 percent); and information (+200 jobs, +0.1 percent). Florida's employment data for June will be released July 20 by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

To view the Monthly Job Placement Report and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, go to http://www.floridajobs.org/MonthlyRWBJobPlacementReport.

For more information on Workforce Florida or its state and local workforce partners, visit WorkforceFlorida.com.

Visit www.EmployFlorida.com to list a job opening or search for jobs and access a wide array of workforce resources.

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