Workforce Alliance Announces Palm Beach County's Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Since June 2008, Also Below Both State and National Rate

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for March 2013 is 6.9 percent—the lowest in nearly five years (since the June 2008 rate of 6.5 percent)—and nearly 2 percentage points less than the March 2012 rate of 8.8 percent, points lower than the February 2013 rate (all numbers not seasonally adjusted).

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The region's unemployment rate is now trending below that for the state and nation which indicates that the area's economy is now recovering faster than both of those.

West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) April 22, 2013

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for March 2013 is 6.9 percent—the lowest in nearly five years (since the June 2008 rate of 6.5 percent)—and nearly 2 percentage points less than the March 2012 rate of 8.8 percent. The county’s unemployment rate also fell below the state (7.0 percent) and the nation (7.6 percent), according to information provided today by Workforce Alliance and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. March’s rate also is 0.6 percentage points lower than the February 2013 rate (all numbers not seasonally adjusted).

“The region’s unemployment rate is now trending below that for the state and nation which indicates that the area’s economy is now recovering faster than both of those,” 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. “Palm Beach County also gained more than 9,000 jobs over the year, and Governor Scott last week recognized Palm Beach County as one of three Florida counties with the highest job growth rates in the state in 2012.

“This year promises to be even better as Workforce Alliance has placed a record-setting number of people in jobs (more than 22,000) for the third consecutive year.”

Job growth: Palm Beach County gained 9,300 jobs over the year, experiencing employment growth in five industry categories: professional/business services (+3,500 jobs); government (+2,500 jobs); trade/transportation/utilities (+2,400 jobs); education/health services (+1,700 jobs); and leisure/hospitality (+700 jobs).

Job openings increase: There were 18,360 advertised job openings in Palm Beach County in March 2013, a 5.8 percent increase or nearly 1,000 jobs compared to March 2012. Occupational groups with the most advertised openings were healthcare practitioners, sales and related occupations, and office/administrative support functions.

Services for employers: Workforce Alliance provides a comprehensive package of no-cost 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.

Services for job seekers: On average, more than 15,000 visitors each month receive help from the specialized services at three Workforce Alliance Career Centers. The centers offer classes and facilities for job search, career development and consulting; and grants for job skills training—all at no cost for 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. 2360 or 561.340.1061 ext. 2229 for scheduling.


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