Current Market Information

Unemployment Rates (not seasonally adjusted) – November 2014 (most recent available)

CareerSource Suncoast (Region 18): 5.4%
Manatee County: 5.5%
Sarasota County: 5.3%
Florida: 5.6%
United States 5.5%

Industries gaining jobs in North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota MSA over the year included:

  • Professional and business services (+3,100 jobs)
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,000 jobs)
  • Education and health services (+1,900 jobs)
  • Mining, logging, and construction (+1,500 jobs)
  • Manufacturing (+700 jobs)
  • Financial activities (+400 jobs)
  • Leisure and hospitality (+400 jobs)

Industries that lost jobs in North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota MSA over the year were:

  • Government (-500 jobs)

Industries that neither gained or lost jobs in North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota MSA over the year were:

  • Information
  • Other Services

Help Wanted OnLineTM Job Demand

The Department of Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics Center compiles and publishes reports every month from Help Wanted Online that show hiring demand at both the state level and the regional workforce board level. We are REGION 18. For a current monthly report of Suncoast job statistics, click here and be sure to select REGION 18 from the Regional list.

Florida’s Minimum Wage increased January 1, 2014 to $7.93

Florida’s current minimum wage is $7.93. The required posters for minimum wage along with Federal and State of Florida employment law posters may be accessed by clicking this link.