BY JAMES HARPER
Turnout is expected to be high at a job fair next week sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach at the Volusia Mall even though recent unemployment figures suggest the economy is recovering in Volusia County.
Daytona Beach Assistant City Manager Betty Goodman said the city will sponsor the job fair on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The city’s goal is to provide for our citizens that are seeking employment a one-stop venue that will allow them the opportunity to communicate with a number of employers,” Goodman said.
Hundreds of jobs
The job fair will be near the food court area, in the same area the city held a job fair in March 2012.
Goodman said more than 25 of the area’s employers will be represented, including Bright House Networks, Florida Hospital, International Speedway Corporation, Daytona Beverages, Daytona State College and Teledyne Oil and Gas.
“Employers are looking for candidates to fill hundreds of part and full-time jobs from entry-level positions to management and engineering positions,” noted Goodman.
Some of the industries represented include hospitality, medical, utilities and technology.
Goodman said all applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and references. Professional or business attire is recommended. There is no cost to attend the job fair.
The combined unemployment rate in Flagler and Volusia counties was 7.5 percent in August, according to the Center for Business Excellence region.
The August rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the region’s year-ago rate. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage point lower than the region at 7.1 percent. Out of a labor force of 286,734, there were 21,420 unemployed residents in the region.
Unemployment rates for August in the counties that comprise the Center for Business Excellence region were 10.1 percent in Flagler and 7.1 percent in Volusia.
Nonagricultural employment in the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metro area was 155,500 in August. Total nonagricultural employment was up 1,300 jobs (+0.8 percent) over the year. Statewide employment increased by 1.7 percent over the same time period.
Manufacturing, hospitality up
Four of the 10 major industries gained jobs over the year, led by trade, transportation, and utilities, and leisure and hospitality (+800 jobs each); mining, logging, and construction (+300 jobs); and manufacturing (+200 jobs).
Government (-600 jobs) and other services and professional and business services (-100 jobs each) lost jobs over the year. Information, financial activities, and education and health services were unchanged over the year.
Manufacturing (+2.4 percent); and leisure and hospitality (+3.5 percent) employment grew faster in the metro area than in the state.
On Oct. 15, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), in partnership with Deloitte, an industry leader in technology and systems integration, launched a new way to claim weekly Reemployment Assistance benefits, update and monitor accounts, and respond to requests for information. The new system is called CONNECT.
DEO has expanded the Reemployment Assistance Contact Center hours. The contact center is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The contact center is also operational on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.