Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region
Not Seasonally Adjusted
January 19, 2018


• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
and Okeechobee counties) was 4.4 percent in December 2017. This rate was 1.4
percentage points lower than the region's year ago rate of 5.8 percent. The labor force
was 77,113, down ‐1,125 (‐1.4) over the year. There were 3,429 unemployed residents in
the region.
• Okeechobee County had the lowest unemployment rate (3.6 percent) in the CareerSource
Heartland region followed by DeSoto County (3.8 percent), Highlands County (4.8 percent),
and Hardee County (5.5 percent).
• Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 53,094 jobs in June
2017 (the latest available data). Industry employment increased by 4.1 percent over the
year.
• The annual job growth rates for construction (13.8 percent); other services (10.3 percent);
natural resources and mining (+9.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+6.3 percent);
education and health services (5.9 percent); professional and business services (+5.7
percent); financial activities (+3.4 percent); and information (+2.9 percent) exceeded those
of the state.
• The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment increased by 2,102 jobs over
the year in June 2017. Nine of the 11 industries added jobs over the year. The industries
that gained the most jobs included: education and health services (+539 jobs); natural
resources and mining (+527 jobs); construction (+360 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+342
jobs); and professional and business services (+247 jobs).
• In December 2017 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 27,800, an
increase of 500 jobs (+1.8 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)
             
  Dec-17 Nov-17 Dec-16              
 CareerSource Heartland 4.4 4.8 5.8              
    DeSoto County 3.8 4.2 5.0              
    Hardee County 5.5 6.2 6.6              
    Highlands County 4.8 5.1 6.2              
    Okeechobee County 3.6 3.9 5.2              
 Florida 3.7 3.8 4.7              
 United States 3.9 3.9 4.5              
                     
     

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

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Jun-17 Jun-16 change % change   Jun-17 Jun-16 change % change  
 Total Employment 53,094 50,992 2,102 4.1   8,387,656 8,164,178 233,478 2.7  
    Natural Resources and Mining 6,328 5,801 527 9.1   67,404 69,196 -1,792 -2.6  
    Construction 2,965 2,605 360 13.8   508,468 474,515 33,953 7.2  
    Manufacturing 1,860 1,827 33 1.8   365,843 352,882 9,961 2.8  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 11,006 11,110 -104 -0.9   1,726,461 1,697,819 29,642 1.7  
       Wholesale Trade  1,080 1,033 47 4.5   344,262 338,216 6,046 1.8  
       Retail Trade 7,800 7,953 -153 -1.9   1,101,808 1,088,889 12,909 1.2  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,126 2,124 2 0.1   280,391 270,704 9,687 3.6  
    Information 281 273 8 2.9   138,650 136,936 1,714 1.3  
    Financial Activities 1,567 1,516 51 3.4   556,638 541,819 14,819 2.7  
    Professional and Business Services 4,573 4,326 247 5.7   1,321,498 1,273,779 48,131 3.8  
    Education and Health Services 9,660 9,121 539 5.9   1,247,617 1,212,821 34,976 2.9  
    Leisure and Hospitality 5,771 5,429 342 6.3   1,209,851 1,174,316 35,535 3.0  
    Other Services 1,222 1,108 114 10.3   275,442 272,709 2,733 1.0  
    Government 7,852 7,873 -21 -0.3   962,430 950,853 11,577 1.2  
                     
 Population 2016 2015 change % change            
 CareerSource Heartland 204,391 201,463 2,928 1.5            
    DeSoto County 35,800 35,355 445 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 $33,552 $33,287 $265 0.8            
    DeSoto County $34,618 $34,547 $71 0.2            
    Hardee County $33,283 $31,851 $1,432 4.5            
    Highlands County $32,845 $32,510 $335 1.0            
    Okeechobee County $34,642 $35,213 -$571 -1.6            
 Florida $47,055 $46,236 $819 1.8            

 

 Note: All data are subject to revision.

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