Employment Statistics-February 2017

Unemployment Rate

5.9% Hernando

5.1% Pasco

4.7% Florida

4.5% U.S.


*Source: Florida’s Department of Economic

Opportunity (www.employflorida.com)

Numbers are not seasonally adjusted.


Jacob’s Success Story

With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University, Jacob knew he wanted to work in the IT field, and he continued to get his Certification in IT Service Management. Working in the IT field has been a long journey, but Jacob never gave up. Even after being unemployed for 7 months, he knew he had to keep going, and in October 2016, he reached out to CareerSource Pasco Hernando and enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program works to assist participants in gaining skills, training, experience and/or employment to increase their ability to gain self-sufficiency. For 4 months Jacob job searched for numerous IT positions, and did volunteering at The Salvation Army and CareerSource Pasco Hernando. Jacob says “the most difficult part of my job search was having the discipline to look every day and fill out dozens and dozens of applications.” But Jacob said he continued to stay motivated by treating his job searching and finding a job like a job itself. He would start early in the morning and go into the late afternoon researching and applying for local jobs.

After months of job searching, Jacob was offered a full-time Project Manager position at Centrics Group, making $40.00 an hour! Jacob says he felt a combination of joy and relief when he was offered the position. When asked what he felt led to his success in finding this job Jacob states “a combination of luck and perseverance.” Jacob stated, “I really enjoyed working with my Career Specialist Ashley McNeil, and what she does is really valuable to the community. Being unemployed is very tough and volunteering at CareerSource was helpful, and I really enjoyed my time there. I really feel that all that you guys are doing is very valuable.”

Pasco-Hernando State College Partners with CareerSource Pasco Hernando to Host Local Job Fair


New Port Richey, Florida- Pasco-Hernando State College is partnering with CareerSource Pasco Hernando to host an “Open to All” job fair event on Thursday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in room R151.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from for profit, government, and non-profit organizations.
Employers and other area agencies, such as Pasco-Hernando State College’s Office of Disabilities Services, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, The Arc Nature Coast, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc., Connections Job Development Program, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and more, will be available.

To register for the “Open to All” job fair, please visit the upcoming events section at www.careersourcepascohernando.com. Jobseekers are encouraged to wear professional attire and bring plenty of résumés to present to employers.

For more information on hiring individuals of different abilities, please visit Florida Unique Abilities at http://www.floridajobs.org/unique-abilities-partner-program/florida-unique-abilities-partner-resources.


About CareerSource Pasco Hernando
CareerSource Pasco Hernando enhances economic development efforts of our region by providing a well-trained, high quality workforce which supports the success of local business and improves the quality of life.
CareerSource Pasco Hernando is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711

Lunch and Learn

Increase Your Bottom Line by Hiring Individuals with Disabilities “Lunch and Learn”

Employers are invited to a lunch and learn panel discussion to hear about the benefits of hiring an individual with a disability. Benefits include tax benefits and changing the lives of people in the community. It can also help a business’s bottom line as studies show some benefits derived by employers include the ability to retain quality employees, increased company profitability, and avoiding additional hiring and training costs.

Employers only and please RSVP to lunch at www.inclusionworkslunchandlearn.eventbrite.com


Open to All Job Fair

This event is open to the public, college students and recent graduates. This event also offers job seekers with disabilities a chance to connect with first-rate employers committed to disability inclusion.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Pasco-Hernando State College-West Campus- R151

Address: 10230 Ridge Rd. New Port Richey, FL. 34654


Opportunity 2017 Hernando Job & Internship Fair

April 5, 2017–Day 1: Workshops
April 6, 2017–Day 2: Job Fair

Join us at the Job and Internship fair to help connect your skills with local employers, and help employers find the talent they need!

Pre-register at:

Employers RSVP to: Steve Wilson – 352-200-3027 or swilson@careersourcepascohernando.com

For More Information, Contact:
Breanna Perry
Pasco-Hernando State College


Career Success and How to be Successful!