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Workforce and Business Summary

Data for all businesses in area

 

 

DeSoto County...

 

Total Businesses:

 

 

909

 

Total Employees:

 

 

10,858

 

Total Residential Population:

 

 

36,506

 

Employee/Residential Population Ratio (per 100 Residents)

 

 

30

 

 

 

Businesses

 

Employees

 

 

by SIC Codes

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

 

Agriculture & Mining

 

56

6.2%

2,035

18.7%

 

Construction

 

73

8.0%

378

3.5%

 

Manufacturing

 

21

2.3%

327

3.0%

 

Transportation

 

18

2.0%

112

1.0%

 

Communication

 

12

1.3%

82

0.8%

 

Utility

 

7

0.8%

29

0.3%

 

Wholesale Trade

 

29

3.2%

1,738

16.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail Trade Summary

 

175

19.3%

1,908

17.6%

 

Home Improvement

 

13

1.4%

133

1.2%

 

General Merchandise Stores

 

7

0.8%

375

3.5%

 

Food Stores

 

23

2.5%

193

1.8%

 

Auto Dealers, Gas Stations, Auto Aftermarket

 

27

3.0%

436

4.0%

 

Apparel & Accessory Stores

 

10

1.1%

30

0.3%

 

Furniture & Home Furnishings

 

7

0.8%

24

0.2%

 

Eating & Drinking Places

 

50

5.5%

578

5.3%

 

Miscellaneous Retail

 

38

4.2%

139

1.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Summary

 

76

8.4%

348

3.2%

 

Banks, Savings & Lending Institutions

 

14

1.5%

157

1.4%

 

Securities Brokers

 

3

0.3%

5

0.0%

 

Insurance Carriers & Agents

 

16

1.8%

49

0.5%

 

Real Estate, Holding, Other Investment Offices

 

43

4.7%

137

1.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services Summary

 

344

37.8%

2,549

23.5%

 

Hotels & Lodging

 

16

1.8%

86

0.8%

 

Automotive Services

 

26

2.9%

69

0.6%

 

Motion Pictures & Amusements

 

20

2.2%

70

0.6%

 

Health Services

 

45

5.0%

685

6.3%

 

Legal Services

 

10

1.1%

55

0.5%

 

Education Institutions & Libraries

 

20

2.2%

689

6.3%

 

Other Services

 

207

22.8%

895

8.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government

 

81

8.9%

1,352

12.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unclassified Establishments

 

17

1.9%

0

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

909

100.0%

10,858

100.0%

 
   

 

 
   
                                           

 

 

 

 

Businesses

 

Employees

 

 

by NAICS Codes

 

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

 

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

 

 

33

3.6%

1,882

17.3%

 

Mining

 

 

1

0.1%

3

0.0%

 

Utilities

 

 

3

0.3%

4

0.0%

 

Construction

 

 

76

8.4%

384

3.5%

 

Manufacturing

 

 

19

2.1%

317

2.9%

 

Wholesale Trade

 

 

29

3.2%

1,738

16.0%

 

Retail Trade

 

 

121

13.3%

1,308

12.0%

 

Motor Vehicle & Parts Dealers

 

 

23

2.5%

403

3.7%

 

Furniture & Home Furnishings Stores

 

 

2

0.2%

8

0.1%

 

Electronics & Appliance Stores

 

 

6

0.7%

18

0.2%

 

Bldg Material & Garden Equipment & Supplies Dealers

 

 

12

1.3%

130

1.2%

 

Food & Beverage Stores

 

 

21

2.3%

176

1.6%

 

Health & Personal Care Stores

 

 

9

1.0%

60

0.6%

 

Gasoline Stations

 

 

4

0.4%

33

0.3%

 

Clothing & Clothing Accessories Stores

 

 

11

1.2%

32

0.3%

 

Sport Goods, Hobby, Book, & Music Stores

 

 

3

0.3%

10

0.1%

 

General Merchandise Stores

 

 

7

0.8%

375

3.5%

 

Miscellaneous Store Retailers

 

 

20

2.2%

58

0.5%

 

Nonstore Retailers

 

 

3

0.3%

5

0.0%

 

Transportation & Warehousing

 

 

19

2.1%

120

1.1%

 

Information

 

 

16

1.8%

99

0.9%

 

Finance & Insurance

 

 

34

3.7%

213

2.0%

 

Central Bank/Credit Intermediation & Related Activities

 

 

15

1.7%

159

1.5%

 

Securities, Commodity Contracts & Other Financial Investments & Other Related Activities

 

 

3

0.3%

5

0.0%

 

Insurance Carriers & Related Activities; Funds, Trusts & Other Financial Vehicles

 

 

16

1.8%

49

0.5%

 

Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

 

 

55

6.1%

143

1.3%

 

Professional, Scientific & Tech Services

 

 

53

5.8%

237

2.2%

 

Legal Services

 

 

14

1.5%

66

0.6%

 

Management of Companies & Enterprises

 

 

0

0.0%

0

0.0%

 

Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services

 

 

41

4.5%

214

2.0%

 

Educational Services

 

 

19

2.1%

684

6.3%

 

Health Care & Social Assistance

 

 

76

8.4%

1,018

9.4%

 

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

 

 

13

1.4%

73

0.7%

 

Accommodation & Food Services

 

 

68

7.5%

676

6.2%

 

Accommodation

 

 

16

1.8%

86

0.8%

 

Food Services & Drinking Places

 

 

52

5.7%

590

5.4%

 

Other Services (except Public Administration)

 

 

135

14.9%

393

3.6%

 

Automotive Repair & Maintenance

 

 

21

2.3%

53

0.5%

 

Public Administration

 

 

81

8.9%

1,352

12.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unclassified Establishments

 

 

17

1.9%

0

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

909

100.0%

10,858

100.0%

 

Source:  Copyright 2017 Infogroup, Inc. All rights reserved. Esri Total Residential Population forecasts for 2017.
 

 
 
                                         

 

 

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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