The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced that the unemployment rate for the Jacksonville region dropped slightly from 2.6 percent in January 2023 to 2.5 percent in February 2023.
Of the 883,223 people counted as part of the area’s workforce in February, there were 22,425 unemployed residents in the region – up from 18,985 unemployed residents in December.
Northeast Florida February 2023 Unemployment Statistics by County
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (not seasonally adjusted)
Regional Employment Update
“In February, our unemployment rate is 0.7 percent lower than a year ago and aligned with the state unemployment rate at 2.5 percent,” said CareerSource Northeast Florida (CareerSource NEFL) President Bruce Ferguson. “Also, there are still hundreds of area employers looking to fill positions in the region and we continue to host on-site job fairs at our career centers and promote our monthly regional virtual job fair to connect companies with job seekers.”
In February, St. Johns County continued to record the lowest unemployment rate in the region (2.2 percent), followed by Baker County (2.4 percent), Clay County (2.4 percent), Nassau County (2.4 percent), Duval County (2.6 percent) and Putnam County (3.6 percent).
The current top-five most advertised job occupations among all industries in the region included first-line supervisors of retail salespersons (1,242 positions), retail salespersons (1,230 positions), registered nurses (827 positions), stockers and order Fillers (662) and fast food counter workers (641).
In February, CareerSource NEFL received more than 2,700 open job positions from its partner-employers.
In March, CareerSource NEFL held in-person recruitment events at career centers for companies including Amazon, Coca-Cola Florida, Military Airlift Command, United Parcel Service and many others and conducted a regional virtual job fair on March 23. In April, more in-person recruitment events are planned, along with a job fair at Florida State College at Jacksonville on Wednesday, April 12. For more information about recruitment events and workshops for job seekers and employers – visit https://careersourcenortheastflorida.com/events/.
For those looking for a job, CareerSource NEFL can connect them with employers that are hiring now and also offers assessments and training to help them gain the skills needed to put them on a new career track. To learn how CareerSource NEFL can help secure that next career, go to www.careersourcenefl.com, call 904-356-JOBS (5627), or visit the nearest career center location.
CareerSource NEFL is responsible for providing a trained workforce to businesses in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. For more information, visit www.careersourcenefl.com.