Overview of the CareerSource Heartland Region
Not Seasonally Adjusted
September 15, 2017


• The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Heartland region (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands,
and Okeechobee counties) was 5.5 percent in August 2017. This rate was 1.3 percentage
point lower than the region's year ago rate of 6.8 percent. The labor force was 76,038, up
1,704 (+2.3) over the year. There were 4,212 unemployed residents in the region.


• DeSoto and Okeechobee counties had the lowest unemployment rate (4.8 percent) in the
CareerSource Heartland region followed by Highlands County (5.8 percent), and Hardee
County (7.1 percent).


• Employment by industry in the CareerSource Heartland region totaled 58,393 jobs in
March 2017 (the latest available data). Industry employment increased by 4.1 percent
over the year.


• The annual job growth rates for construction (67.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+7.3
percent); other services (5.8 percent); manufacturing (+4.4 percent); and professional and
business services (+4.1 percent) exceeded those of the state.


• The CareerSource Heartland region’s industry employment increased by 2,278 jobs over
the year in March 2017. Eight of the 11 industries added jobs over the year. The
industries that gained the most jobs included: leisure and hospitality (+432 jobs);
professional and business services (+184 jobs); and education and health services (+128
jobs).


• In August 2017 nonagricultural employment in the Sebring MSA was 26,700, an increase of
1,300 jobs (+5.1 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)
             
  Aug-17 Jul-17 Aug-16              
 CareerSource Heartland 5.5 5.9 6.8              
    DeSoto County 4.8 5.1 6.0              
    Hardee County 7.1 7.5 8.3              
    Highlands County 5.8 6.2 7.1              
    Okeechobee County 4.8 5.0 5.9              
 Florida 4.2 4.4 5.2              
 United States 4.5 4.6 5.0              
                     
     

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

    CareerSource Heartland Region       Florida  
Mar-17 Mar-16 change % change   Mar-17 Mar-16 change % change  
 Total Employment 58,393 56,115 2,278 4.1   8,533,241 8,299,499 233,742 2.8  
    Natural Resources and Mining 7,351 7,513 -162 -2.2   90,747 89,883 864 1.0  
    Construction 4,296 2,751 1,725 67.1   498,635 460,717 37,918 8.2  
    Manufacturing 1,863 1,785 78 4.4   362,239 352,084 10,155 2.9  
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 11,066 10,992 74 0.7   1,727,253 1,697,608 29,645 1.7  
       Wholesale Trade  1,061 1,042 19 1.8   343,762 338,253 5,509 1.6  
       Retail Trade 7,943 7,893 50 0.6   1,104,021 1,089,238 14,783 1.4  
       Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 2,062 2,057 5 0.2   279,470 270,117 9,353 3.5  
    Information 260 273 -13 -4.8   138,810 136,915 1,895 1.4  
    Financial Activities 1,566 1,536 30 2.0   552,691 537,425 15,266 2.8  
    Professional and Business Services 4,639 4,455 184 4.1   1,311,498 1,267,022 44,476 3.5  
    Education and Health Services 9,591 9,463 128 1.4   1,257,780 1,216,549 41,231 3.4  
    Leisure and Hospitality 6,322 5,890 432 7.3   1,223,438 1,194,047 29,391 2.5  
    Other Services 1,163 1,113 50 4.5   275,608 271,836 3,772 1.4  
    Government 10,227 10,497 -270 -2.6   1,086,745 1,072,576 14,169 1.3  
                     
 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.