Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region

Not Seasonally Adjusted - March 24, 2017

  • The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
    and Okeechobee counties) was 5.6 percent in February 2017. This rate was 0.1 percentage
    point lower than the region's year ago rate of 5.7 percent. Out of a labor force of 79,183
    there were 4,451 unemployed residents in the region.

  • DeSoto County had the lowest unemployment rate (5.4 percent) in the CareerSource
    Heartland region followed by Okeechobee County (5.7 percent), Highlands County (6.8
    percent), and Hardee County (7.2 percent).

  • Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 53,900 jobs in
    September 2016 (the latest available data). Industry employment increased by 5.2 percent
    over the year.

  • The annual job growth rates for natural resources and mining (+16.6 percent);
    manufacturing (+13.2 percent); construction (+11.2 percent); information (+9.4 percent);
    leisure and hospitality (+8.9 percent); other services (7.1 percent); professional and
    business services (+6.2 percent); and trade, transportation, and utilities (+4.5 percent)
    exceeded those of the state.

  • The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment increased by 2,641 jobs over
    the year in September 2016. All industries added jobs over the year. The industries that
    gained the most jobs included: natural resources and mining (+860 jobs); trade,
    transportation, and utilities (+466 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+462 jobs); construction
    (+265 jobs); and professional and business services (+259 jobs).

  • In February 2017 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 27,300, an increase
    of 1,700 jobs (+6.6 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)
             
  Feb-17 Jan-17 Feb-16              
 CareerSource Heartland 5.6 6.4 5.7              
    DeSoto County 4.8 5.4 4.7              
    Hardee County 6.4 7.2 5.7              
    Highlands County 6.1 6.8 6.4              
    Okeechobee County 4.9 5.8 5.2              
 Florida 4.7 5.2 4.7              
 United States 4.9 5.1 5.2              
                     
     

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

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Sep-16 Sep-15 change % change   Sep-16 Sep-15 change % change  
 Total Employment 53,900 51,259 2,641 5.2   8,324,067 8,024,489 299,578 3.7  
    Natural Resources and Mining 6,047 5,187 860 16.6   63,388 60,967 2,421 4.0  
    Construction 2,637 2,372 265 11.2   485,014 440,116 44,898 10.2  
    Manufacturing 1,809 1,598 211 13.2   356,637 345,110 11,527 3.3  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 10,928 10,462 466 4.5   1,703,416 1,664,467 38,949 2.3  
       Wholesale Trade  1,026 1,069 -43 -4.0   339,153 334,641 4,512 1.3  
       Retail Trade 7,863 7,527 336 4.5   1,092,618 1,069,824 22,794 2.1  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,039 1,866 173 9.3   271,645 260,002 11,643 4.5  
    Information 291 266 25 9.4   135,362 135,445 -83 -0.1  
    Financial Activities 1,479 1,475 4 0.3   546.299 532,212 14,087 2.6  
    Professional and Business Services 4,433 4,174 259 6.2   1,289,578 1,223,799 65,779 5.4  
    Education and Health Services 9,369 9,357 12 0.1   1,234,213 1,190,200 44,013 3.7  
    Leisure and Hospitality 5,632 5,170 462 8.9   1,159,687 1,117,573 42,114 3.8  
    Other Services 1,117 1,043 74 7.1   273,028 260,289 12,739 4.9  
    Government 10,149 10,148 1 0.0   1,071,358 1,050,326 21,032 2.0  
                     
 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 40,315 39,409 905 2.3            
 Florida 20,612,439 20,244,914 367,525 1.8            
                     
 Average Annual Wage 2015 2014 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland $33,287 $32,206 $1,081 3.4            
    DeSoto County $34,550 $34,000 $550 1.6            
    Hardee County $31,851 $30,818 $1,033 3.4            
    Highlands County $32,510 $31,321 $1,189 3.8            
    Okeechobee County $35,213 $33,995 $1,218 3.6            
 Florida $46,239 $44,810 $1,429 3.2            

 

 

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