By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 17, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- New jobs are coming to the Big Bend.
Target announced it'll be hiring roughly 70 employees for its new small-format store in Varsity Plaza. The announcement comes one week after Trulieve held a hiring fair for its Gadsden facility.
"Our local economy is on pace with that of the state and the nation. So we feel reasonably well about where we are," said Jay Revell, with the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. "We're excited to continue to see companies come to town and compete for some of our best employees."
According to the Chamber, Tallahassee has seen an increase of nearly 10,000 jobs in the last four years. And, among the leading industries for job growth are information technology, financial and construction jobs.
"There are over 7,000 available jobs open in our city," said Kara Palmer Smith, Senior Director with CareerSource Capital Region.
She noted that jobs in the health industry and IT are among the most common. She also said that because the unemployment rate is relatively low, it can be difficult for employers to fill open positions.
"It's a good problem to have," she said. "People are able to get into work. However, for some of those employers they're having a harder time finding the talent that they do need."
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tallahassee has had six straight months of job totals about 180,000. That's the longest streak on record. Revell said he hopes to see the growth continue.
"We're really treading into new territory. As our community continues to grow, continues to evolve, we're seeing record high job totals every month. But, there's really no ceiling on that. We can grow as far and as fast as we would like to. And we're encouraged to see our community continue to grow and prosper," he said.
Target will hold its job fair May 24 through the 26. Applicants should schedule an interview ahead of time online.