Job Growth Coming to City of Ocala
The city of Ocala and the Chamber & Economic Partnership work in conjunction to bring in more job growth.
Kevin Sheilley with the Chamber says they are the entity that's charged with going out and helping to bring in new companies to the community.
That's just what they have been doing recently.
Right now 5 major companies are heading to the city in the next year.
Several of them bringing in jobs that are a part of Governor Rick Scott's promise to bring 700,000 jobs to the state.
Sheilley says there's a position for every person.
The jobs are covering the whole spectrum, everything from high school graduates all the way to people with more advanced degrees.
After the chamber brings the companies in, it's up to the city to take care of their requirements.
Melanie Gaboardi with the city of Ocala says they try to match up the resources to meet the needs to create greater job creation in the community.
A total of 316 jobs are confirmed for right now and city leaders say that number is only going to get higher.
If the companies meet their commitment, another additional 1200 jobs could come to the community.
At the end of December of last year, Ocala's unemployment rate sat at 9 percent, just above the state's rate.
Once the positions are filled, that number should go down dramatically.
Both the Chamber and the city says the jobs are really helping the area continue towards recovery.
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