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Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region

Not Seasonally Adjusted

April 19, 2019

• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties) was 4.1 percent in March 2019. This rate was 0.1 percentage point lower than the region's year ago rate of 4.2 percent. The labor force was 78,661, down 894 (-1.1) over the year. There were 3,189 unemployed residents in the region.


• Desoto County had the lowest unemployment rate (3.4 percent) in the CareerSource Heartland region followed by Okeechobee County (3.5 percent), Highlands County (4.4 percent), and Hardee County (4.8 percent).


• Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 53,806 jobs in September 2018 (the latest available data). Industry employment increased by 3.2 percent over the year.


• The annual job growth rates for information (+30.3 percent); construction (+18.6 percent); leisure and hospitality (+13.5 percent); other services (+10.7 percent); financial activities (+5.8 percent); and government (+1.2 percent) exceeded those of the state.


• The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment increased by 1,677 jobs over the year in September 2018. Nine of the 11 industries added jobs over the year. The industries that gained the most jobs included: leisure and hospitality (+723 jobs); construction (+480 jobs); and trade, transportation, and utilities (+400 jobs).


• In March 2019 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 26,300 a decrease of 200 jobs (-0.8 percent over the year).

 

Note: All data are subject to revision.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research.

    Unemployment Rates (%)
    (not seasonally adjusted)
             
  Mar-19 Feb-19 Mar-18              
 CareerSource Heartland 4.1 4.4 4.2              
    DeSoto County 3.4 3.8 3.7              
    Hardee County 4.8 5.1 4.7              
    Highlands County 4.4 4.8 4.6              
    Okeechobee County 3.5 3.7 3.5              
 Florida 3.3 3.4 3.7              
 United States 3.9 4.1 4.1              
                     
     

 Employment by Industry
 Covered by Unemployment Compensation
 (not seasonally adjusted)

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Sep-18 Sep-17 change % change   Sep-18 Sep-17 change % change  
 Total Employment 53,806 52,129 1677 3.2   8,790,296 8,307,874 482,422 5.8  
    Natural Resources and Mining 4,853 5,243 -390 -7.4   60,878 58,118 2,760 4.7  
    Construction 3,060 2,580 480 18.6   547,673 484,860 62,813 13.0  
    Manufacturing 1,710 1,675 35 2.1   372,802 357,348 15,454 4.3  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 10,988 10,588 400 3.8   1,856,510 1,691,947 164,563 9.7  
       Wholesale Trade  1,102 1,037 65 6.3   345,857 340,110 5,747 1.7  
       Retail Trade 7,816 7,605 211 2.8   1,212,263 1,075,992 136,271 12.7  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,070 1,946 124 6.4   298,390 275,845 22,545 8.2  
    Information 378 290 88 30.3   137,595 134,750 2,845 2.1  
    Financial Activities 1,596 1,508 88 5.8   571,190 554,843 16,347 2.9  
    Professional and Business Services 4,111 4,283 -172 -4.0   1,366,913 1,294,196 72,717 5.6  
    Education and Health Services 9,547 9,373 174 1.9   1,293,174 1,243,874 49,300 4.0  
    Leisure and Hospitality 6,085 5,362 723 13.5   1,210,139 1,142,481 65,658 5.9  
    Other Services 1,242 1,122 120 10.7   277,659 264,072 13,587 5.1  
    Government 10,222 10,098 124 1.2   1,084,662 1,073,949 10,713 1.0  
                     
 Population 2017 2016 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland 208,761 205,551 3,210 1.6            
    DeSoto County 36,862 35,925 937 2.6            
    Hardee County 27,411 27,371 40 0.1            
    Highlands County 102,883 101,558 1,325 1.3            
    Okeechobee County 41,605 40,697 908 2.2            
 Florida 20,984,400 20,656,589 327,811 1.6            
                     
 Average Annual Wage 2017 2016 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland $35,364 $33,552 1,812 5.4            
    DeSoto County $35,633 $34,618 $1,015 2.9            
    Hardee County $34,226 $33,283 $943 2.8            
    Highlands County $33,820 $32,845 $974 3.0            
    Okeechobee County $39,506 $34,642 $4,864 14.0            
 Florida $48,460 $47,055 $1,405 3.0            

 

 Note: All data are subject to revision.

Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.