West Palm Beach, Florida (PRWEB) August 17, 2012
Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for July 2012 is 9.8 percent – a 0.6 percentage point increase from the June 2012 rate of 9.2 percent – but a 1.7 percentage point decrease from the July 2011 rate of 11.5 percent, according to information provided today by Workforce Alliance and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The state’s unemployment rate for July 2012 is 9.3 percent and the national rate is 8.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted).
“Area employment is traditionally slower in the summer months and this seasonal trend is reflected in the July results,” said Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of Workforce Alliance, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. “However, there is some good news -- the county led the state in the number of new construction jobs, plus we gained 3,900 jobs overall and added 3,500 job openings compared to last year.”
The latest report shows that Palm Beach County experienced employment growth in seven industry categories over the previous 12 months: professional and business services (+3,700 jobs), education/health services (+2,800 jobs), trade/transportation/utilities (+2,200 jobs), construction (+1,100 jobs), government (+1,500 jobs), manufacturing (+300 jobs), and other services (+100 jobs). Job losses over the same period were primarily in leisure and hospitality (-6,800 jobs), financial activities (-900 jobs) and information (-100 jobs).
There were 18,116 advertised job openings in Palm Beach County in July 2012, a 24 percent increase (3,506 openings) compared to last year. Occupational groups with the most advertised openings were healthcare practitioners, sales and related occupations, accountants, web developers and customer service representatives. According to The Conference Board, Florida led all states in over-the-month growth in job demand in July and was one of only eight states with growth in job demand.
Workforce Alliance placed a record 16,428 candidates in jobs from entry level to executive positions during the most recent program year, a record high for the second consecutive year. The organization also awarded more than $2.5 million in training incentives to Palm Beach County employers and job seekers.
Besides helping area job seekers enter or re-enter the job market, Workforce Alliance provides a comprehensive package of services to help businesses compete in today’s challenging marketplace. These services include recruitment, assessments and referrals of qualified job candidates; space and staff assistance for screening/interviewing candidates; and grants for training new or existing employees.
On average, more than 11,000 visitors each month receive help from the specialized services at three Workforce Alliance Career Centers. The centers offer classes and workshops each month for job search and job skills training, career development and consulting. There is no cost for services to job seekers. Schedules of workshops and employers that are interviewing are posted on the Workforce Alliance website at http://www.pbcalliance.com.
More information on programs and services is available at the Workforce Alliance Career Centers:
-- Central Career Center-1951 N. Military Trail, Suite D, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 (561) 340-1060
-- South Career Center-951 Yamato Road, Suite 175 , Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 853-0181
-- West Career Center-1085 S. Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561) 829-2040
Note to editors: You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/video crew to interview a Workforce Alliance spokesperson and/or job seekers at our Central Career Center in West Palm Beach. Please call 561.340.1060 ext. 2368 or 561.340.1061 ext. 2229 for scheduling.