Marion County Job Growth on Rise
"The negative happened overnight and the positive has taken sometime," said Rusty Skinner with Workforce Connections.
While thousands of residents in north central florida are still looking for a job, those living in marion county should know job creation is on the rise.
"When you look at the trend overtime it continues to move upward in terms of employment rate in our economy. We have seen some growth coming back in manufacturing which was a key sector where we lost," said Skinner.
Skinner said the current 7.8 percent unemployment rate for the Marion County area is almost down 50 percent from what it was just four years ago.
"What we have seen is much more job listings this year from local businesses that we are managing than we did last year. We are seeing more employers come in and put job orders in the system," said Skinner.
In february 2013, the Marion County job growth rate was 3.4 percent with 3,100 new jobs over the year.
"I think the efforts of the city and the county, the CEP and the community at large at terms of having a focus on economic development, in terms of having existing companies expand and recruit new businesses to our community has done a lot to help the unemployment rate drop," said Marc Mondell who is the Executive Director of Community Development in Ocala.
Mondell said the Fed Ex ground package system is a project focused on job creation.
It's predicted to bring in about 100 longterm jobs.
Other companies like Sitel have hired more than 500 individuals over the past three years.
Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala has created more than 150 jobs, but Mondell said there is still a lot of work to be done.
"We have pockets in the community that have unemployment rates between 20 and 40 percent and we have to sort of work to target those areas and figure out how to solve that probably too," said Mondell.
Representatives from local businesses with jobs to fill plan to participate in Workforce Connection’s Job Fair on Wednesday, May 8 at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala.
The job fair takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is open to anyone looking for work in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. Veterans will be admitted at 8 a.m. While there is no charge to attend, job seekers are asked to register online by visiting the Calendar of Events at www.WorkforceConnectionFL.com. Professional dress is required.
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