Education and Workforce

Okaloosa School District

The Okaloosa County School DIstrict is widely regarded as one of the finest in the state. Why? Because we remain firmly committed to offering meangingful and innovative educational experiences that allow individuals at all levels of ability to excel.

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Educational Attainment

No Diploma 8.54%
High School Graduate 25.97%
Some College, No Degree 25.05%
Associate Degree 10.44%
Bachelor's Degree 18.07%
Graduate/Professional Degree 11.93%

Colleges and Universities

Higher education is a time to challenge and an opportunity to create, innovate and explore. Okaloosa County’s higher educational partners all subscribe to these tenets while proudly offering programs closely aligned with the high demand professions of tomorrow.

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Abundant Workforce

Labor-Force-45-minutes-Crestview-(2).jpgCompanies today demand ready access to a workforce that is agile, abundant and diverse.

Located at the heart of a rapidly growing five county region, Okaloosa County is often viewed as the region's "jobs center."  

The community's work force is supplemented by the spouses and dependents of the active duty military personnel and civilians, and the retired or separated military personnel from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Retired or otherwise separated military veterans make up 1/3 of Okaloosa's population.

Okaloosa County Population

2000 170,498
2018 204,600
2023 (Projection) 216,058
Males 50.72%
Females 49.28%
Median Household Income $62,599
Median Age 36
Source: www.okaloosasites.com, August 2018

Establishments & Employees

Establishments 2018 Employees by SIC 2018
1-4 Employees 6,238 Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing 712
5-9 Employees 2,043 Mining 16
10-19 Employees 815 Construction 3,267
20-49 Employees 613 Manufacturing 3,467
50-99 Employees 154 Transportation & Communication 3,293
100-249 Employees 102 Wholesale Trade 1,274
250-499 Employees 12 Retail Trade 26,276
1,000+ Employees 3 Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 7,182
    Services 37,615
    Public Administration 5,395
    Unclassified 480

Unemployment in Okaloosa

2018 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Labor Force 95,575 96,579 98,751 98,924 100,582 102,859 103,428 100,868 99,766      
Employed 92,192 93,520 95,793 96,222 97,947 99,700 100,327 97,982 97,445      
Unemployed 3,383 3,059 2,958 2,702 2,635 3,159 3,101 2,886 2,321      
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 3.2% 3.0% 2.7% 2.6% 3.1% 3.0% 2.9% 2.3%      
Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Data current as of October 22, 2018.

View 2012-2017 Unemployment data

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2017 Wage Data

  Average Annual Wage Hourly Wage
Statewide $49,348 $23.73
Okaloosa $43,992 $21.15
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Census of Employment and Wages Program, Extracted 2018

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