A previous version of this press release erroneously stated that the region assisted 1,672 businesses. The numbers for ‘services provided to businesses’ and ‘businesses provided services’ were mistakenly reversed. The corrected release is below.
September 16, 2019 (Gainesville, Fla.)– CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery today announced that the Alachua and Bradford County unemployment rate was 3.4% in July, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The regional labor force was 149,081, up 1,301 available workers over the past year.
In July, CareerSource NCFL assisted 290 businesses in hiring for 772 available positions. Businesses posted 354 jobs over the last month. More than 2,865 Alachua and Bradford counties residents were assisted at the Gainesville and Starke career centers. Employment in education and healthcare positions grew by 800 jobs year-over-year.
This month, the Gainesville Metro Services Area has seen the fastest annual-job growth rate compared to all other statewide metro service areas.
“As the data shows, healthcare is one of our strongest sectors across the region,” said CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Frank Avery. “With such competitive and nationally recognized healthcare in the region, we are pleased to be able to continue developing and retaining a competitive talent base for our healthcare providers and healthcare economy through on-the-job training and entrepreneurship programs through Opportunity Quest.”
The Department of Economic Opportunity also provided more economic indicators for the Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties), including:
- Non-agricultural employment in the Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist Counties) was 143,300 in July 2019, an increase of 1.8% over the year.
- In July, the Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist Counties) saw the biggest growth in professional and business services; education and health services; and mining, logging, and construction.
- The Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist Counties) information; professional and business services; and mining, logging, and construction industries’ over-the-year growth rate was highest in annual growth compared to all the other statewide metro areas.
- The Gainesville MSA (Alachua and Gilchrist counties) gained 2,500 jobs over the year, led by professional and business services (+800 jobs). Other major industries gaining jobs included education and health services (+800 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+300 jobs); leisure and hospitality (300+ jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+200 jobs); and government (+100 jobs).
- The unemployment rate in the CareerSource NCFL region (Alachua-Bradford County) was 3.5% one year ago. The region’s jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points over the year.