Assessing Your Job Market
Last month, the unemployment rate in our area was 8.2 percent. This statistic means that for every one hundred people, about eight of them are unemployed and looking for work. What is exciting about this statistic is that it is an .8 percent decrease from the month before. Additionally, compared to both Florida and the rest of the nation, our area is doing pretty well.
Ok, so you understand unemployment. What about the job market? Well, last month, online labor demand rose in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla by 637 jobs. That is a 16 percent increase! The most online jobs vacancies were for registered nurses, retail salespeople and customer service representatives.
What does all of this information mean for you? Well, it means get excited. The local workforce experts in your area are doing all that they can to lower the unemployment rate and their efforts are paying off: unemployment is and has been improving.
Additionally, the fact that the number of online "Help Wanted" ads is increasing means that more employers are hiring. And, since you know which industries are hiring the most, you can raise your chances of getting a job by focusing your efforts there.
All in all, despite the current state of the local job market and local unemployment, it is always a great idea and an investment to get training in computer skills to stay sharp. WORKFORCE plus offers a Microsoft Office Specialist Training course that helps participants to become Microsoft Office experts - and a much needed commodity in a computer-based world. If you are interested in taking advantage of this free training, go online to www.wfplus.org or you can call 866-WFP-JOB1 for more information.