Looking for a job in Florida? You may be in luck since the unemployment rate in the state continues to decrease. In fact, Florida’s unemployment rate is 3.2 percent, which is a few ticks below the national average of 3.5 percent.
Florida also increased in overall jobs by 2.4 percent, a gain of 224,700 jobs. This is a great sign for those seeking employment in Florida. In August, it was reported that 336,000 people were unemployed from 10.4 million Floridians.
If you’re a military veteran calling Florida home, or if you are considering moving to Florida, it’s important to know what to expect.
Military Veteran Jobs In Florida
The good news is that Florida is pretty veteran-friendly, especially when it comes to jobs. From military-focused job boards to large expos, the ability for veterans to advance their careers can certainly be found here in Florida.
For instance, the South Florida Veterans Expo in Delray Beach at Palm Beach State College (PBSC). This expo is all about jobs for military veterans. It had over 30 exhibitors that were employers, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and more.
The VA, Wells Fargo, Johnson and Johnson, and other top companies were in attendance. And these types of military veteran job events, expos, and fairs happen often in the sunshine state.
“Palm Beach State College is proud to host an event that supports our veterans,” Ava L. Parker, the PBSC President told media outlets. “It is often difficult to navigate the system, so there certainly is value in bringing all services together to cut down on time, provide immediate assistance and learn about career paths, which all help to create a greater likelihood of success.”
Palm Beach State College just opened a Veterans Success Center at their Lake Worth campus last November. It was supported by the Florida Legislature with $800,000 dedicated to the success center build.
Florida Is Home To A Large Population Of Military Veterans
The need for more military veteran job events is pretty important since Florida is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the United States. According to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Florida has the third-largest veteran population in the nation.
In fact, 44.3 percent of Florida’s workforce are veterans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Out of the 20 million military veterans living in the United States, 1.5 million of them reside in Florida. However, over 700,000 of those veterans are not employed, according to 2018 statistics.
Why Hire A Military Veteran?
Many businesses hire military veterans for a number of reasons. One is the tax benefit. The Florida Veterans Employment Act gives businesses that hire a veteran a one-time $5,000 tax credit for each veteran new hire. If the veteran has a service-connected disability, an additional $5,000 tax credit could also be applied.
But getting a tax credit shouldn’t be the only reason to hire a military veteran. Veterans have a lot of skills that are very useful to businesses in any industry. For instance, veterans learn fast, have leadership skills, are self-starters, have a team mindset, work well under pressure, they have integrity, and much more.
Military veterans can bring a lot to the table. If you’re interested in hiring veterans for your business, you can start by contacting the VA for more information. You can also take advantage of the many job fairs and events for veterans. Upcoming events like the Veteran’s Career Fair at the University of Miami on November 9, 2019.
Best Occupations And Locations For Job Seekers
The employment boost came via 34,000 more new hires between August and September. This may not be a surprise as South Florida, and other high traffic tourist areas get ready for the high season. Here are the new jobs by the numbers:
- Education and Health Services (59,600 jobs)
- Business Services (49,200 jobs)
- Leisure and Hospitality (30,300 jobs)
- Construction (16,200 jobs)
- Manufacturing (7,700 jobs)
Orlando, Florida had the highest growth for new hires from the previous year. And Panama City saw unemployment rates increase. This could be attributed to Hurricane Michael, making landfall there around this time last year.
Wrapping Up . . .
With the unemployment rate in Florida in decline, military veterans have more job opportunities and career advancement choices. If you’re a veteran, it’s important to attend job fairs and events. If you’re looking to hire a veteran, connect with veteran groups to narrow down your candidate list.