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MAY 2016

If it's May, it must mean it's Graduation Season. Do you know any students interested in their hire education as well as their higher education? This spring, in addition to the general job fairs, we're offering opportunities specifically for postsecondary graduates and older youth/young adults ages 16-24. If you are the parent of one or more students/grads we encourage you to check into these opportunities. If you are an employer interested in recruiting, be sure to check out the Job Fair information below.

Manufacturing is one of our area's key industries. We are continuing to promote manufacturing careers to the region's high school students, their parents, teachers and counselors via our video project. Just follow the link below and you'll be able to view the videos which are designed to highlight the variety of manufacturers available in our area. 
Recruiting Opportunities Offered Throughout Region

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion leverages community partnerships to bring businesses a diverse array of fee-free recruiting opportunities. Our Job Fairs offers employers a fast, efficient and effective way to recruit - all at no charge. CareerSource CLM handles the logistics and provides staff support, you supply the jobs. 

May 18 - Hire a Grad | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
College of Central Florida Webber Center, Ocala
Call 352-873-5855

May 24 - Citrus County Spring Job Fair  | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CF Citrus County Campus 3800 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto.
Call 352-249-3278, ext. 3206

May 25 - Levy County Spring Job Fair | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Haven Hospice Community Center 311 NE 9th St., Chiefland
Call 352-493-6813, ext. 2810

May 26 - Marion County Manufacturing and More | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
CF Klein Conference Center in Ocala
Call 800-746-9950, ext. 2260

June 2 - Youth Job Fair   | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County Public Library Headquarters
2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
Call 800-746-9950, ext. 2260

Jobs Up, Unemployment Down, Labor Force Expanded
The preliminary unemployment rate in the Citrus, Levy Marion counties region was 5.7 percent in March, down 0.2 percent over the month and nearly one percent lower than the previous year. Compared to a year ago when the region's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent, there are 1,769 fewer unemployed and 1,730 more people with jobs. 
According to the report, released April 15 by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Levy County continues to hold the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 5.0 percent, down 0.2 percentage points; followed again by Marion County with 5.5 percent, also down 0.2 percent; and Citrus County at 6.5 percent, a drop of 0.3 percent.
The Ocala metropolitan statistical area's annual job growth rate of 5.4 percent in manufacturing was the third fastest growth rate among Florida's metros.  
The jobs report for April will be released on May 20.
Video Project Promotes Area Manufacturers
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, in partnership with the Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association (MRMA), is showcasing local manufacturing and logistics companies through videos that hone in on the variety, strength and growth of the industry. It is anticipated that in the next five years the three-county region will experience a shortage in trained workforce for manufacturing. That could have a major impact in our communities where, year-to-date (2016) the Ocala Metropolitan Area has consistently ranked among the top metros in Florida for manufacturing job growth. 

To learn more about the project, contact Rob Adamiak at or 352-840-5764. To view the videos, click the link below.
Citrus County Phoenix Rising YouthBuild Graduation
The participants in Citrus County Phoenix Rising's second and third YouthBuild programs will graduate on Friday, June 10 beginning at 11 a.m. at Calvary Church, 2728 E. Harley St., in Inverness.

The celebration includes a catered lunch.

Phoenix Rising is an alternative education program for older youth that helps revitalize economically-challenged neighborhoods while making a positive difference in the lives of 18- to 24-year olds in need of completing their high school education and/or facing other barriers to employment or pursuing a postsecondary education.

Major funding for the program, which got its start in 2011 in Ocala, comes from a $1.1 million YouthBuild grant obtained by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. In addition, CareerSource provides career coaches through its youth services provider, Eckerd Workforce Development. Other major partners include Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Withlacoochee Technical College and the US Department of Labor YouthBuild. 

For information, call Brian Conard, area program manager, at 352-291-9550, ext. 1852. .

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is dedicated to connecting employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career development opportunities. At no charge.

Best wishes for your continued success,

Kevin Cunninngham, chairman

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
(352) 873-7939