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Over the Year Unemployment Change Positive for Local Area

unemployment_office-150Tallahassee, FL – The state and local unemployment figures for July 2012 were released today.

Overall, the local area sees a small increase over the month but a drastic decrease over the year.

In July, Gadsden County saw a 1.1% increase from the June 2012 rate, moving from 8.7% to 9.8%. However, over the year, there was a decrease of 1.5% from 11.3%.  Leon County saw a slight increase moving from 7.6% to 8.1% percent over the month but had a 1.0% decrease over the year from 9.1%.  Lastly, Wakulla, with the smallest increase locally moved up just .2% from 7.3% to 7.5% but saw the second largest decrease locally over the year from 8.9% which is a 1.4% reduction.

Even with the slight increases seen locally, the Tallahassee MSA maintained the fifth lowest unemployment in the state at 8.2% and fell below the national rate of 8.6% and the state rate of 9.3%.

Local rates reported are not seasonally adjusted, meaning that seasonality (regularly occurring yearly events such as summer break for schools) plays a significant role for the over-the-month increase in the unemployment rate.  Declines in trade, transportation and utilities, retail trade and government, made up the largest job losses seen locally.

“We continue to work diligently on decreasing unemployment as a whole throughout the Region,” Kimberly A. Moore, CEO of WORKFORCE plus said.  “Adding to the awareness of local employment opportunities and increasing training opportunities for area job seekers is just one of the ways we hope to accomplish this.”

WORKFORCE plus is working with area training providers to identify opportunities for short-term training (six months or less) in high demand, high wage occupations.  Programs identified include Nursing, Computer Information Systems, Graphic Design, Office Administration and Dental Hygiene.  Any interested job seekers who are interested in being retrained should contact WORKFORCE plus to learn more about the eligibility requirements.

Additionally, for those not looking to go back to school but are in need of employment, WORKFORCE plus encourages job seekers to register on 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.

“The Employ Florida Marketplace, a free and very dynamic online job board, is a win-win for both the employer and job seeker,” said Kim Moore.  “We encourage all job seekers, no matter the type of employment they are seeking to register today.  Consequently, with millions of job seekers registered statewide, employers are also encouraged to list their job openings and access this ever increasing pool of talent.”

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.

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