Unemployment rises in NCFL but so do virtual opportunities

Local businesses and job resources have gone virtual, giving some a chance to enhance their online skills.
Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 11:32 PM EDT
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MICANOPY, Fla. (WCJB) -At a 1% increase across the state, unemployment poses a problem for some in North Central Florida.

“It’s heartbreaking what everyone is going through,” said CareerSource Citrus, Levy Marion Communications Manager Laura Byrnes.

Although many businesses across the area remain closed, CareerSource precincts are still open to provide job training, coaching and workshops virtually.

“We do have tools and resources,” added Byrnes. “Sometimes all it takes is, ‘hey did you know you could do this and we can help you with that.’ And really that can make someone’s day and make all the difference as well.”

With resources available through CareerSource, people can use their new virtual skills to build their resume.

One local animal hospital is searching for new hires virtually.

“It’s all been a learning curve but it’s working great for our business,” said Micanopy Animal Hospital office manager Misty Tate.

The transition to virtual visits and curbside service has worked well at the animal hospital - so well that Tate says they are looking to expand.

“Since businesses did open back up we have seen an increase in business ourselves,” she explained. “We’ve been really grateful to the community for supporting us because without them entrusting us in their pets’ healthcare, then we wouldn’t be able to offer job openings.”

Micanopy Animal Hospital is searching for a full-time client care representative who is bubbly, can multi-task and has an interest in treating other people’s pets as their own.

CareerSource has precincts all across Florida. Most locations are open for in-person and virtual appointments.

The state’s unemployment numbers can be found here.

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