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OCALA, Fla. (July 22, 2022) – As expected, the June unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region inched up to 3.8%, a 0.7 percentage point increase over the month but 2.0 percentage points lower than the year ago rate.

The slight increase is in line with what the region typically experiences moving into the summer months with seasonal shifts in education support and agriculture employment, as well as an influx of post-secondary students returning to the area looking for work before returning to school. Likewise, it tracks similar upticks statewide. According to today’s release of preliminary data by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 66 of Florida’s 67 counties saw unemployment rates increase in June; the lone outlier was Miami-Dade County which dropped 0.1 percentage point.

Across the three-county region, the labor force in June was 209,650, up 1,995 for an increase of 1.0% over the year. There were 7,935 unemployed residents in the region and 201,715 employed.

Levy County continued to hold the lowest unemployment rate (3.5%) in the region followed by Marion County (3.0%) and Citrus County (4.4%). The rates in all three counties rose by 0.2 percentage point.

In the continuing effort to match job seekers with businesses with immediate hiring needs, CareerSource CLM will hold a Healthcare and Human Services Job Fair on July 26 from 4-6 p.m. at One Health Ocala as well as several hiring events, including a virtual one on Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the University of Florida Veterinarian Hospitals in Marion and Alachua counties.

Information about the job fairs is available at

State and local employment reports for July 2022 are scheduled for release on Aug. 19, 2022.

For more, access the region’s jobs report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity here: June 2022 Employment Overview


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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) or visit to learn more. Career Centers are currently open to the public for in-person services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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