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OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2022) – The July unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 3.6% in July, a 0.2 percentage point decrease over the month and 1.8 percentage points lower than the year ago rate of 5.4%.

The labor force was 208,813, up 2,255 over the year. There were 201,216 employed across the region an increase of 5,858 compared to the same time last year, and 7,597 unemployed residents in the region, which was 3,603 fewer than in July 2021.

“We have an overall growth in both labor force and employment in our area,” said Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM. “This is a time for monthly fluctuations, but compared to one year ago, our workforce is strong.”

According to preliminary employment data released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Levy County continued to hold the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.3% followed by Marion County at 3.5% and Citrus County at 4.2%.

In the continuing effort to match job seekers with businesses with immediate hiring needs, CareerSource CLM will hold a general job fair on Sept. 22 from 3-5 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Center.

Skinner added that “for those looking for work but finding themselves in need of training, CareerSource CLM offers several online programs that allow people top access training at their convenience.”

Those include Metrix Learning’s SkillUp that offers both basic skills and career skills as well as Valor/180 Skills which provides training with a strong concentration on manufacturing-related skills.

“These allow those seeking employment as well as those seeking employment advancement, to schedule their learning around their work and family obligations,” Skinner said.

Information about job fairs, hiring events and other candidate and business services are available at

State and local employment reports for August 2022 are scheduled for release on Sept. 16, 2022.

For more, access the region’s jobs report from DEO here: July 2022 Employment Overview


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) or visit to learn more. Career Centers are open for self-service and in-person assistance from 8 a.m. to 5 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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