DEO, CareerSource Florida Celebrate Workforce Development Month in September

September 1, 2016

In observation of National Workforce Development Month, Governor Rick Scott has designated September as Workforce Development Month in Florida. Each year, Workforce Development Month is observed to recognize the professionals whose work to connect businesses and job seekers increases economic opportunities in their states and across the nation.

Florida’s workforce system, which includes the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), CareerSource Florida, the state’s 24 local workforce development boards and nearly 100 career centers are committed to providing career training, education and employment assistance to the 9.7 million people who make up our state’s labor force.

DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “Florida’s talented and dedicated workforce professionals play an important role in helping our economy thrive. By bridging the gap between Florida’s job seekers and job creators, these professionals remain committed to improving the quality of life of the individuals they serve through job placement, continued education and workforce training. We will continue to invest in talent development and job placement so all Florida families have the opportunity to live the American Dream.”

Through recruiting, hiring and training services along with close partnerships with education, business and community leaders, DEO and the CareerSource Florida network connect tens of thousands of Floridians with career opportunities every month. The CareerSource Florida network provided assistance to more than 1.2 million individuals and nearly 81,000 businesses last year.

“CareerSource Florida’s professionals are dedicated to connecting Florida’s talented workforce with career opportunities that make a positive difference for families, employers and communities,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Chris Hart IV. “Governor Scott’s recognition of Workforce Development Month underscores the value of education, workforce development and economic development partners’ sharp focus on making Florida the global leader for talent.”

Through the development of Florida’s workforce and an overall commitment to job creation, Florida’s annual job growth rate, at 3.3 percent in July, has exceeded the nation’s since April 2012. The state’s job market is also featuring a low unemployment rate of 4.7 percent. Since December 2010, more than 1.1 million jobs have been created by private sector businesses.
To connect with workforce professionals in your area, please visit CareerSource Florida or call toll-free (866) 352-2345 for the career center nearest you.

View Governor Rick Scott’s proclamation for Workforce Development Month here.

About DEO

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit