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OCALA, Fla. (May 20, 2022) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region dropped to 2.9% in April. This was 2.3 percentage points lower than the region’s year ago rate of 5.2%.

Across the three-county region, the labor force in April 2022 was 206,790, up 2,148 over the year for a 1.0% increase. There were 5,977 unemployed residents in the region.

Levy County had the lowest unemployment rate (2.6%) in the region followed by Marion County (2.8%) and Citrus County (3.3%). Florida’s not seasonally adjusted jobless rate – a measure that matches the way local rates are calculated – was 2.4%.

Rusty Skinner, CareerSource CLM’s chief executive officer, noted that the unemployment rates in each county are “historically low” and “provide opportunities to find jobs and even new careers.”

Skinner said that CareerSource CLM offers financial support for training to those interested in changing careers as well as upgrading skills. For employers, Skinner noted that “this time of year offers a unique opportunity to connect with recent graduates to fill their positions.”

“We have recently held job fairs in all three counties for young high school graduates seeking employment,” he said. “College students are also returning for their summer breaks and graduates are lining up their future careers. Reaching out to these new entrants into the workforce is an excellent source for the long-term growth of a company’s workforce.”

Skinner added that CareerSource CLM offers a variety of fee-free support services for both job seekers and employers.

“Job seekers are encouraged to visit one of career centers and employers should contact us to speak to a business services representative.”

State and local employment reports for May 2022 are scheduled for release on June 17, 2022.

Access the region’s employment overview to learn more:


Looking for a New Career? Here’s Help

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion offers in-person job fairs, hiring events, workshops and facilities for job searches, training grants for eligible candidates, career development and one-on-one consulting – all at no charge to those seeking employment. Call 800-434-JOBS (5627) for more information.

CareerSource CLM also provides fee-free services to help build and sustain businesses in today’s challenging marketplace. Services include recruitment, assessment, screening, and referrals of qualified job candidates; logistics, coordination, and promotion of customized hiring events; and grants and incentives for training new hires and existing employees. Call 800-746-9950 to learn more.

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a member of CareerSource Florida and a proud partner of the American Job Center network. CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies as part of awards totaling $7.9 million (revised annually). Unless otherwise stipulated, all statements, news releases, requests for proposals, bid solicitations and other applicable documents are fully funded from federal sources. CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. If you need accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or e-mail [email protected]. Please make request at least three business days in advance. Stay connected with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion on FacebookTwitterYouTube,  and LinkedIn

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