Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region
Not Seasonally Adjusted
July 21, 2017


• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
and Okeechobee counties) was 5.5 percent in June 2017. This rate was 0.9 percentage
point lower than the region's year ago rate of 6.4 percent. The labor force was 76,355, up
1,605 (+2.1) over the year. There were 4,184 unemployed residents in the region.

• DeSoto and Okeechobee counties had the lowest unemployment rate (4.7 percent) in the
CareerSource Heartland region followed by Highlands County (5.8 percent), and Hardee
County (6.7 percent).

• Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 56,431 jobs in
December 2016 (the latest available data). Industry employment increased by 1.9 percent
over the year.

• The annual job growth rates for professional and business services (+11.2 percent); leisure
and hospitality (+8.7 percent); manufacturing (+8.5 percent); other services (4.5 percent);
and trade, transportation, and utilities (+2.8 percent) exceeded those of the state.

• The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment increased by 1,043 jobs over
the year in December 2016. All industries added jobs over the year. The industries that
gained the most jobs included: professional and business services (+494 jobs); leisure
and hospitality (+482 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+312 jobs); construction
(+169 jobs); and manufacturing (+147 jobs).

• In June 2017 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 26,000, an increase of
1,400 jobs (+5.7 percent) over the year.

 

 

Note: All data are subject to revision.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.

    Unemployment Rates (%)
    (not seasonally adjusted)
             
  Jun-17 May-17 Jun-16              
 CareerSource Heartland 5.5 4.7 6.4              
    DeSoto County 4.7 3.8 5.6              
    Hardee County 6.7 5.3 7.1              
    Highlands County

5.8

5.1 6.9              
    Okeechobee County 4.7 4.1 5.8              
 Florida 4.3 4.0 5.1              
 United States 4.5 4.1 5.1              
                     
     

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

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Dec-16 Dec-15 change % change   Dec-16 Dec-15 change % change  
 Total Employment 56,431 55,388 1,043 1.9   8,540,417 8,314,798 225,619 2.7  
    Natural Resources and Mining 6,729 7,247 -518 -7.1   89,521 91,965 -2,444 -2.7  
    Construction 2,633 2,464 169 6.9   490,995 452,935 38,060 8.4  
    Manufacturing 1,870 1,723 147 8.5   359,467 348,868 10,599 3.0  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 11,419 11,107 312 2.8   1,791,270 1,795,822 31,388 1.8  
       Wholesale Trade  1,054 1,087 -33 -3.0   345,562 341,272 4,290 1.3  
       Retail Trade 8,324 8,007 317 4.0   1,158,459 1,141,194 17,265 1.5  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,041 2,013 28 1.4   287,249 277,416 9,833 3.5  
    Information 268 280 -12 -4.3   137,329 138,010 -681 -0.5  
    Financial Activities 1,552 1,543 9 0.6   555.399 542,992 12,407 2.3  
    Professional and Business Services 4,896 4,402 494 11.2   1,319,006 1,266,021 52,985 4.2  
    Education and Health Services 9,606 9,639 -33 -0.3   1,252,857 1,214,871 38,004 3.1  
    Leisure and Hospitality 6,024 5,542 482 8.7   1,183,930 1,157,022 26,908 2.3  
    Other Services 1,163 1,113 50 4.5   276,940 268,387 8,553 3.2  
    Government 10,270 10,327 -57 -0.6   1,078,566 1,069,807 8,759 0.8  
                     
 Population 2016 2015 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland 204,391 201,463 2,928 1.5            
    DeSoto County 35,800 35,355 455 1.3            
    Hardee County 27,360 27,252 108 0.4            
    Highlands County 100,917 99,447 1,470 1.5            
    Okeechobee County 40,314 39,409 905 2.3            
 Florida 20,612,439 20,244,914 367,525 1.8            
                     
 Average Annual Wage 2016 2015 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland $33,557 $33,287 $270 0.8            
    DeSoto County $34,690 $34,547 $143 0.4            
    Hardee County $33,285 $31,851 $1,434 4.5            
    Highlands County $32,849 $32,510 $339 1.0            
    Okeechobee County $34,600 $35,213 -$613 -1.7            
 Florida $47,060 $46,236 $824 1.8            

 

 

Note: All data are subject to revision.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.