CareerSource Escarosa

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

If you’re looking for a job and have some aerospace, aviation or other related skills, CareerSource EscaRosa may have a deal for you.

ST Engineering is partnering with the local nonprofit – one of 24 regional workforce boards in Florida -- in hosting a hiring event on Thursday from 9:00am-12noon at the Career Source building on North L Street in Pensacola.

About 250 job seekers came to Pensacola State College Thursday morning, to get information about the jobs which will be available in construction of the new bridge over Pensacola Bay.

CareerSource EscaRosa and Skanska USA Civil Southeast hosted the three-hour “information session” in areas such as hiring needs, application procedures, and available subcontracting opportunities.

  Florida West is teaming up with CareerSource EscaRosa to host a free workshop on Friday, aimed at helping match groups who help people, with people who need jobs.

It’s called a “Workforce Toolbox,” and seeks to do a couple of things: dispel a misconception that there are no jobs out there, and find solutions to what Florida West CEO Scott Luth calls a disconnect between workers and potential employers.

Photo via Flickr// Nazareth College /

If you’re a newly-minted graduate, want to change careers, or just need a job, then you need to swing by Pensacola State College on Friday.

CareerSource EscaRosa is teaming up with PSC to host its annual Spring Job Fair, at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, Building 23. It’s free and open to the public.

Morgan Cole, an outreach specialist with CareerSource EscaRosa, says that attendees will be able to network with firms who are actively seeking talented individuals to fill open positions.

Florida’s unemployment rate took another dive, from 5.1% in January to 4.9% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Similar drops were seen in the western Panhandle.

That 4.9 figure translates to 484,000 jobless Floridians, out of a 9.8 million member labor force. It also equals the national figure and it’s at an eight-year low.

DEO Director Cissy Proctor says the lone sector with job loss over the past year is information. But, Proctor says there was a bit of a comeback in that area from January to February.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida's unemployment rate continues to nudge down slightly from November to December, from 5.1% to 5% even. It’s the lowest figure in seven years, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The state added nearly 22,000 jobs last month, but there remained 487,000 people out of work, about a thousand higher than the previous month. In December, Florida’s two dozen regional workforce boards reported nearly 35,000 were placed in jobs.

Susan Nelms, Director of CareerSource EscaRosa, said their job openings are across the board in almost all fields.

Career Source Escarosa

Jobs seekers and employers will get a chance to mingle Friday at the 7th annual Community Job Fair at Pensacola State College. "I think everybody should show up dressed to impress, bring their resumes and be prepared for some employers to conduct on site interviews."  Morgan Cole is the outreach representative for Career Source Escarosa. 

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.7% in May to 5.5% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity. Much of the credit goes to the two dozen CareerSource Florida offices statewide.

CareerSource Florida is a statewide network of career development professionals, who work directly for Florida employers to find, develop and keep qualified talent. The local office is called “CareerSource EscaRosa,” and serves Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties with offices in Pensacola, Milton and Century.

New figures released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from January to last month.

Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Friday morning at Norris Sports Group in Naples.

“In the month of February we added 14,900 private-sector jobs,” said Scott. “What’s going on in Florida, is we have employment. We’re down to 5.6% unemployment. We’ve added in four years and two months 807,000 jobs.”

Florida’s unemployment rate held steady from December to January at 5.7 percent. Heading into Governor Rick Scott’s second term, the focus is on private sector job growth.

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, January’s figure translates to 551,000 Floridians considered unemployed, from a work force of 9.7 million. But DEO Chief Jesse Panuccio says that’s not the whole story.

Sandra Averhart

The Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) is still working to complete its 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Survey. The annual event is aimed at determining how many homeless people live in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It’s also about determining and addressing those individual’s most pressing needs.

For the two-county region, the count and survey of unsheltered homeless was conducted over a 24-hour period beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Uiniversity of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the work to be done to come up with a budget agreement during the final week of the 2014 Florida Legislative Session.

Unlike the federal government, the state must have a balanced budget. According to Harper, one indicator of a healthier state economy since the Recession is that Florida no longer has to dip into its reserves to pay the state’s debt service. “We’re now back down to the level where the state is actively contributing to reserves,” he says.