RWB19  

Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region

Not Seasonally Adjusted

May 22, 2020

•      The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
and Okeechobee counties) was 9.5 percent in April 2020. This rate was 5.7 percentage point higher 
than the region's year ago rate of 3.8 percent. The labor force was 70,822, down 5,998 (-7.8) over 
the year. There were 6,754 unemployed residents in the region.
 
•     Hardee County and Okeechobee County had the lowest unemployment rate (8.1 percent) in the 
CareerSource Heartland region followed by DeSoto County (7.4 percent) and Highlands County (11.4 
percent).
 
• Employment  by industry in  the  CareerSource Heartland region  totaled 55,802 jobs in December 
2019 (the latest available data). Industry employment decreased by -1.0 percent over the year.
 
• The annual job growth rates for construction (+7.0 percent) and manufacturing (+3.0) exceeded 
those of the state.
 
•    The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment decreased by 561 jobs over the year in 
December 2019. four of the 11 industries added jobs over the year.  The industries that gained the 
most jobs included: construction (+215 jobs) and education and health services (+218 jobs).
 
• In April 2020 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 24,700, a decrease of 1,900 jobs 
(-7.1 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)
             
  Apr-20 Mar-20 Apr-19              
 CareerSource Heartland 9.5 5.4 3.8              
    DeSoto County 7.4 4.6 3.1              
    Hardee County 8.1 5.9 4.4              
    Highlands County 11.4 6.1 4.1              
    Okeechobee County 8.1 4.2 3.2              
 Florida 13.3 4.3 2.9              
 United States 14.4 4.5 3.3              
                     
     

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

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Dec-19 Dec-18 change % change   Dec-19 Dec-18 change % change  
 Total Employment 55,802 53,363 -551 -1.0   9,086,897 8,910,973 175,924 2.0  
    Natural Resources and Mining 5,568 6,321 -753 -11.9   77,893 79,372 -1,479 -1.9  
    Construction 3,302 3,087 215 7.0   569,421 553,385 16,036 2.9  
    Manufacturing 1,744 1,694 50 3.0   388,247 377,865 10,382 2.7  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 11,292 11,391 -99 -0.9   1,878,356 1,845,369 32,987 1.8  
       Wholesale Trade 1,158 1,142 16 1.4   356,864 351,821 5,043 1.4  
       Retail Trade 8,095 8,191 -96 -1.2   1,151,788 1,173,092 -21,304 -1.8  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,039 2,058 -19 -0.9   369,704 320,456 49,248 15.4  
    Information 346 396 -50 -12.6   139,024 140,236 -1,212 -0.9  
    Financial Activities 1,639 1,665 28 1.7   598,626 579,215 19,411 3.4  
    Professional and Business Services 4,017 4,144 -127 -3.1   1,414,084 1,395,749 18,335 1.3  
    Education and Health Services 9,895 9,677 218 2.3   1,346,609 1,311,430 35,179 2.7  
    Leisure and Hospitality 6,291 6,322 -31 -0.5   1,268,830 1,235,114 28,716 2.3  
    Other Services 1,261 1,292 -31 -2.4   285,240 281,502 3,738 1.3  
    Government 10,351 10,356 -5 0.0   1,111,805 1,100,366 11,439 1.0  
                     
 Population 2018 2017 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland 211,695 209,702 1,993 1.0            
    DeSoto County 37,448 37,252 237 0.6            
    Hardee County 27,245 27,202 43 0.2            
    Highlands County 105,424 104,060 1,364 1.3            
    Okeechobee County 41,537 41,188 349 0.8            
 Florida 21,299,325 20,976,812 322,513 1.5            
                     
 Average Annual Wage 2018 2017 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland $35,432 $35,364 $68 0.2            
    DeSoto County $36,515 $35,633 $882 2.5            
    Hardee County $34,935 $34,226 $709 2.1            
    Highlands County $34,537 $33,820 $717 2.1            
    Okeechobee County $37,077 $39,506 -$2,429 -6.1            
 Florida $50,090 $48,460 $1,630 3.4            

 

 Note: All data are subject to revision.

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