Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Education (DOE), the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), CareerSource Florida and CareerSource Palm Beach County are celebrating Workforce Development Month in Florida. Workforce Development Month recognizes all workforce professionals, agencies and organizations who have helped thousands of Floridians find gainful employment and are contributing to Florida’s economic success.
“Florida remains a state where businesses are encouraged to grow and where meaningful jobs are created,” said Governor DeSantis. “With our Bold Vision for a Brighter Future budget, we are helping to provide Floridians with opportunities to achieve economic prosperity through expanded apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, affordable workforce housing, recovery workforce training grants and the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.”
“Governor DeSantis and his administration have paved the way for Florida to be No. 1 in workforce education by 2030,” said DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson. “We will continue to prioritize developing a highly-skilled and dynamic workforce that meets all employer needs. Florida’s workforce is one of the state’s greatest assets for expanding economic opportunities.”
Florida’s labor force continues to grow, and Floridians feel confident about entering the workforce. In July 2019, 128,000 people entered the labor force over the year at an annual growth rate of 1.3 percent, and the number of employed Floridians increased to more than 10 million.
CareerSource Palm Beach County has a vital role in connecting business with talent, supporting a healthy, balanced regional economy that in many ways is outpacing the nation. Palm Beach County’s most recent unemployment rate is 3.6 percent – among the lowest since 1990 – continuing a 30-month streak where the county’s rate has remained at or below the national rate. In addition, there have been more job openings than unemployed people in the county for nine consecutive months.
CareerSource Palm Beach County joins the 23 other regions in the state in celebrating Workforce Development Month.
“The CareerSource Florida network is dedicated to supporting the Governor’s priorities for Florida’s economic growth, including expanding apprenticeships, growing well-paying careers and strengthening Florida businesses,” said President and CEO of CareerSource Florida Michelle Dennard.
To view Governor DeSantis’ proclamation for Workforce Development Month in Florida, please click here.