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Industry (NAICS)

# of Jobs

Average Wages

# of Establishments

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting(11)

2,238

$25,906

105

Mineral, Oil and Gas Extraction(21)

14

$28,798

1

Utility Services: Power, Gas, Steam, Water, and Sewage(22)

46

$63,818

5

Construction(23)

643

$30,157

77

Manufacturing - Processed Food, Textiles, Clothing(31)

206

$39,604

7

Manufacturing - Chemical, Fuel, Paper, Plastic, Wood (32)

32

$23,965

6

Manufacturing - Electronics, Furniture, Machinery, Metal, Transportation, Misc.(33)

47

$40,517

3

Wholesalers(42)

259

$44,960

18

Retail: Home, Food, Automobiles, Personal Care(44)

567

$24,084

57

Retail: Hobby, Media, General Merchandise(45)

504

$23,600

16

Transportation and Warehousing: Private and Public Transportation,Oil and Gas Pipelines,Sightseeing(48)

366

$55,104

16

Transportation and Warehousing: Couriers and Messengers, Warehousing and Storage(49)

909

$25,721

5

Information(51)

34

$26,257

3

Banking, Finance and Insurance(52)

279

$46,093

19

Real Estate and Rentals(53)

393

$31,372

20

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services(54)

220

$26,666

26

Holding Companies and Managing Offices(55)

20

$77,409

4

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services(56)

644

$26,145

41

Education(61)

50

$10,657

2

Health Care and Social Services(62)

933

$40,444

44

Arts, Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation(71)

135

$19,718

7

Accommodation and Food Services(72)

662

$13,291

59

Other Services - Repair, Personal Care, Laundry, Religious, etc.(81)

649

$20,296

41

Unclassified(99)

0

$107,803

0

 

Top 6 Occupations by Job Count

 

Top 6 Industries by Job Count

 

Desoto County Florida offers a variety of workforce services to the business community from both the state and local level. Desoto County Economic Development Office is ready to link you to resources and information that can help you find, train and retain qualified, motivated employees.

The Desoto County Economic Development Office works cooperatively and closely with several organizations to continue nurturing a first-class labor force in our area. CareerSource Heartland, CareerSource Florida, Employ Florida, Florida High Tech Corridor and area colleges and universities are great resources for businesses to upgrade your workforces or maintain them at premium levels.

Local Grants & Incentives

Work Experience Internship Program 

A work experience “intern” is an excellent way to increase your capacity while boosting your bottom line.  Hosting a work experience participant gives you extra help at minimal cost and the program is an excellent method for finding and securing talent for your organization.

On the Job Training Grants

Helping employers offset the costs associated with new hires by reimbursement of a significant percentage of the employee’s salary while they are being trained in the workplace is another method that can be utilized to improve employee skill sets.

Employed Worker Training Grants

If you are thinking about upgrading the skills of your employees to make your organization more competitive, workforce resources may be available to reimburse up to half of the costs associated with the training when it leads to a nationally recognized credential.

State and Federal Grants and Incentives

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax credit that provides incentives to private for-profit employers to encourage hiring of individuals from certain targeted groups of jobseekers who traditionally have difficulty finding employment.

Quick Response Training Grants

Quick Response Training (QRT) grants, administered by the lead state workforce agency Workforce Florida, Inc., provides funding for customized training to new or expanding businesses.

Incumbent Worker Training

The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT) grants provide funding to existing for-profit businesses.  Through this grant, Florida is able to effectively retain businesses and help them stay competitive by supporting skills-upgrade training for existing full time employees.

The workforce resources collectively create strategic partnerships with employers and identify job openings and opportunities in the communities they serve for job seekers.  Each may provide recruiting assistance specialized for your firm’s needs.

CareerSource Heartland

Website:  www.careersourceheartland.com

One-Stop Career Centers are located in the three counties of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands.  The administrative offices are located in Sebring, Highlands County as well.

DeSoto One-Stop Career Center

2160 NE Roan Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266-5025
(863) 993-1008
Fax (863) 993-1046

 


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