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WORKFORCE plus releases local job numbers, announces job fair

Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 21, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- November unemployment numbers are out, and the WORKFORCE plus region saw a small increase in the figures, according to a release.

Through the entire local area, unemployment moved from 6.6 to 6.7 percent, an increase of .1 over the month. However, the  numbers have improved throughout the year, decreasing by 1.5 percent.

In November, Gadsden County saw the only decrease locally, moving from 8.7 to 8.6 percent. Over the year, the number decreased from 10 percent to 8.6 percent.

Leon County's numbers increased by .1 percent, moving from 6.4 to 6.5 percent. The total for the year is 6.5 percent, down from 8.0 percent last year.

Wakulla saw a slight increase of .2 percent moving from 5.9 to 6.1 percent, however, they saw the largest decrease over the year--1.8 percent.

The Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is among the lowest in the state. Their unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent, just behind the Crestview/Ft. Walton MSA and the Gainesville MSA.

“Even though we saw a slight increase in our local unemployment rate, the job market continues to show positive jobs gains and total employment has increased over the year,” Kimberly A. Moore, CEO of WORKFORCE plus said.

WORKFORCE plus is encouraging job seekers to remain attentive to their job search activities and explore events and opportunities taking place in the new year.

In fact, the agency is holding its Annual Job Fair, which will take place Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Leon County Civic Center. This event will run from 10 am to 2 pm and is free for both employers and job seekers.

Before to the event, WORKFORCE plus will hold a “How To Work A Job Fair” workshop. The workshops will take place at each of their three offices within Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla. Job seekers who attend the workshop will learn how to write a 30-second elevator speech; make a positive first impression, dress to impress, follow-up after the job fair and more in this hands-on workshop.

Employers interested in registering and participating as a vendor are encouraged to contact WORKFORCE plus today as booth space is filling up quickly. There is no cost to participate. Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about WORKFORCE plus and events and programs available, go to or call 1-866-WFP-JOB1. Programs funded through WORKFORCE plus are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711.