North Central Florida Job Market Update | December 2022

Last month, Florida’s seasonally adjusted employment rate was at 2.6%, making it 0.1% lower than October 2022 and 0.9% lower than the November 2021 rate of 3.5%. Florida’s employment rate was 1.1% lower than the national rate of 3.7%. And Florida’s November 2022 private sector over-the-year growth rate was 5.2%, which is 1.6% higher than the national job growth rate of 3.6%.

Overall Trends in Florida’s Job Market

In November 2022, there were 280,000 unemployed Floridians out of a labor force of 10,756,000. Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 9,562,900 in November 2022 and increased by 28,100 jobs (+0.3%) over the last month. The state gained 428,200 jobs over the year, an increase of 4.7%. As a result, November 2022 marked the thirteenth month in Florida’s total nonagricultural and private sector employment surpassed pre-pandemic levels.

Florida’s November 2022 Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment:

  • Less than a high school diploma: 5.9%
  • High school graduates, no college: 2.8%
  • Some college or associate degree: 2.5%
  • Bachelor’s degree and higher: 1.6%

North Central Florida Labor Numbers

In November 2022, Alachua County’s labor force was 144,832, and employment was 141,100. The county’s unemployment level was 3,732 at a 2.6% unemployment rate. Alachua County’s unemployment rate increased by 0.1% since October 2022 but decreased by 0.1% since November 2021. Nonagricultural employment in Gainesville was 155,800 in November 2022 and 151,800 in November 2021, increasing employment by 4,000 at a rate of 2.6%.

CareerSource North Central Florida, a one-stop center for employment support in the North Central Florida region, partners with local training providers in the North Central Florida area to address the need for workers through pilot programs for rapid industry credentials.

We hope to be an integral part of helping increase the employment rate even further through apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and more opportunities. 

If you are interested in learning more about available jobs in the North Central Florida area, please email [email protected].