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Workforce and Training

CareerSource Heartland is one facet of the economic development partnership seeking to improve the area’s workforce talent while meeting the business and economic needs from a regional viewpoint.  We are providing the following information for Hardee county where possible, or regionally in some venues.

Population

The Census population estimate for 2013 is 28,042 people in the county.

Education

Based on a population with an age greater than 25 years of age, the following table indicates the breakdown in educational attainment of the area.

Population Age 25+

15,696

Percentage

<Grade 9

3,602

22.95%

Grade 9 - 12

1,990

12.68%

High School

5,306

33.80%

Some College

2,739

17.45%

Associate’s Degree

531

3.38%

Bachelor’s Degree

1,132

7.21%

Graduate Degree

396

2.52%

 Source: Applied Geographic Solutions

Workforce

The labor force is estimated to be 11,897 individuals with a 7.9% increase from the previous year (2012).  The unemployment rate in December, 2013 was 6.6%, down significantly from the previous year of 8.0%. The average monthly employment in 2012 was 7,843 and the average annual wage was $29,821.

The three largest industries in the county are Agriculture (29.1%), Health Care and Social Assistance (14.0%), and Retail Trade (9.8%).  Mining and quarrying industry is known to be a major employer, but the data is suppressed for employer confidentiality.  The details by industry are shown in the following table:

Data Source:  QCEW Annual Data – BLS

Local Business Employment:

The 2014 First Edition of Infogroup Database provides the following breakdown of area business entities in the county:

Number of Employees

1-4

5-9

10-19

20-49

50-99

 

100+

Total

                 

Number of Businesses

535

168

56

47

10

 

10

826

 

Training:

TECHRIVER
The Hardee County Industrial Development Authority has worked expeditiously to create a technology center in the community. TechRiver is a facility that houses technology companies and a university. The University is available to employers who are seeking a high tech location to train employees.

CareerSournce Heartland:
The Hardee County Economic Development Office has a strong partnership with CareerSource Heartland. Together we provide many training opportunities for local employers. CareerSource Heartland's Business Operations Team believes that understanding the needs of your business is a first step in providing solutions to your employee recruitment and staff development challenges. You can visit their  FAQs page or contact one of their representatives below for more information or assistance. Their team can also help your business apply for State and Federal programs that assist you in obtaining training dollars to raise employee skill levels.

 

Colleen Dukes
5901 US Hwy 27 South, Suite 1
Sebring, FL 33870
(863)385-3672 x312
cdukes@hwib.org
Business Operations Manager

Melissa Hayes
324 6th Avenue North
Wauchula, FL 33873
(863)773-3474 x405
mhayes@hwib.org
Business Representative serving

DeSoto & Hardee County

Laura Griffin
5901 US Hwy 27 South, Suite 1
Sebring, FL 33870
(863)385-3672 x311
lgriffin@hwib.org
Business Representative serving
Highlands County

Ken Willis
5901 US Hwy 27 South, Suite 1
Sebring, FL 33873
(863)385-3672 x327
kwillis@hwib.org
Business Representative serving
DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands County

Julie Croft
5901 US Hwy 27 South, Suite 1
Sebring, FL 33870
(863) 385-3672 x322
jcroft@hwib.org
Business Specialist serving
DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands County

 

SOUTHFLORIDA STATE COLLEGE:
South Florida State College is an asset to Hardee County as it continues to contribute to economic development in the region. South Florida State College consists of a Corporate and Community Education (CCE) Department that provides courses in various trade and industrial specializations. In the past, SFSC CCE has worked in conjunction with major business enterprises, such as John Deere, the Florida Association of Public Transportation, and the Florida Department of Transportation, to deliver the specialized training they demand. Click here to review the current regular CCE courses available.

The college also offers seminars geared toward business and continued education. For a schedule of seminars click here.

 

 

 

 


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