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Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region

Not Seasonally Adjusted

January 18, 2018

 

• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, and
Okeechobee counties) was 4.1 percent in December 2018. This rate was 0.3 percentage point lower
than the region's year ago rate of 4.4 percent. The labor force was 78,795, up 2,127 (+2.8) over
the year. There were 3,227 unemployed residents in the region.
• Okeechobee County had the lowest unemployment rate (3.3 percent) in the CareerSource Heartland
region followed by DeSoto County (3.7 percent), Hardee County (4.3 percent), and Highlands County
(4.6 percent).
• Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 52,504 jobs in June 2018 (the
latest available data). Industry employment decreased by 1.1 percent over the year.
• The annual job growth rates for information (+31.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+5.5
percent); other services (+3.8 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1.9 percent); and
government (+0.9 percent) was equal to or exceeded those of the state.
• The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment decreased by 590 jobs over the year in
June 2018. Seven of the 11 industries added jobs over the year. The industries that gained the most
jobs included: leisure and hospitality (+319 jobs) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+213
jobs).
• In December 2018 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 26,300, an increase of 600
jobs (+2.3 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)
             
  Dec-18 Nov-18 Dec-17              
 CareerSource Heartland 4.1 3.8 4.4              
    DeSoto County 3.7 3.4 3.8              
    Hardee County 4.3 4.1 4.6              
    Highlands County 4.6 4.3 5.1              
    Okeechobee County 3.3 3.0 3.7              
 Florida 3.3 3.1 3.7              
 United States 3.7 3.5 3.9              
                     
     

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

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Jun-18 Jun-17 change % change   Jun-18 Jun-17 change % change  
 Total Employment 52,504 53,094 -590 -1.1   8,568,873 8,387,656 181,217 2.2  
    Natural Resources and Mining 5,601 6,328 -727 -11.5   66,505 67,404 -899 -1.3  
    Construction 2,980 2,965 15 0.5   543,877 508,468 35,409 7.0  
    Manufacturing 1,788 1,860 -72 -3.9   371,423 365,843 5,580 1.5  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 11,219 11,006 213 1.9   1,759,424 1,726,461 32,963 1.9  
       Wholesale Trade  1,092 1,080 12 1.1   344,698 344,262 436 0.1  
       Retail Trade 8,045 7,800 245 3.1   1,119,252 1,101,808 17,444 1.6  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,082 2,126 -44 -2.1   295,474 280,391 15,083 5.4  
    Information 368 281 87 31.0   139,206 138,650 556 0.4  
    Financial Activities 1,570 1,567 3 0.2   570,482 556,638 13,844 2.5  
    Professional and Business Services 4,082 4,573 -491 -10.7   1,360,781 1,321,910 38,871 2.9  
    Education and Health Services 9,580 9,660 -80 -0.8   1,274,126 1,247,617 26,509 2.1  
    Leisure and Hospitality 6,090 5,771 319 5.5   1,226,564 1,209,851 16,713 1.4  
    Other Services 1,268 1,222 46 3.8   279,743 275,442 4,301 1.6  
    Government 7,925 7,852 73 0.9   968,479 962,430 6,049 0.6  
                     
 Population 2017 2016 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland 208,761 205,551 3,210 1.6            
    DeSoto County 36,862 35,925 937 2.6            
    Hardee County 27,411 27,371 40 0.1            
    Highlands County 102,883 101,558 1,325 1.3            
    Okeechobee County 41,605 40,697 908 2.2            
 Florida 20,984,400 20,656,589 327,811 1.6            
                     
 Average Annual Wage 2017 2016 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland $35,364 $33,552 1,812 5.4            
    DeSoto County $35,633 $34,618 $1,015 2.9            
    Hardee County $34,226 $33,283 $943 2.8            
    Highlands County $33,820 $32,845 $974 3.0            
    Okeechobee County $39,506 $34,642 $4,864 14.0            
 Florida $48,460 $47,055 $1,405 3.0            

 

 Note: All data are subject to revision.

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