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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 8.11%
High School Graduate 25.48%
Some College, No Degree 24.72%
Associate Degree 11.03%
Bachelor's Degree 18.99%
Graduate/Professional Degree 11.67%
Source: www.okaloosasites.com, 2019 

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
2019 207,115
2024 (Projection) 222,077
Males 50.65%
Females 49.35%
Median Household Income $65,140
Median Age 36
Source: www.okaloosasites.com, October 2019

Establishments & Employees

Establishments 2019 Employees by SIC 2019
1-4 Employees 6,971 Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing 760
5-9 Employees 2,110 Mining 1
10-19 Employees 803 Construction 3,500
20-49 Employees 606 Manufacturing 3,262
50-99 Employees 160 Transportation & Communication 3,073
100-249 Employees 104 Wholesale Trade 1,275
250-499 Employees 11 Retail Trade 27,139
500-999 Employees 7 Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 7,336
1,000+ Employees 3 Services 38,228
    Public Administration 4,823
    Unclassified 939

Unemployment in Okaloosa

2019 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Labor Force 94,663 95,561 96,907 96,493 98,472 100,578 100,573 100,073 99,166 98,731 97,420 95,791
Employed 91,400 92,700 94,236 94,127 96,021 97,708 97,780 97,274 96,823 96,460 95,178 93,615
Unemployed 3,263 2,861 2,671 2,366 2,451 2,870 2,793 2,799 2,343 2,271 2,242 2,176
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 3.0% 2.8% 2.5% 2.5% 2.9% 2.8% 2.8% 2.4% 2.3% 2.3% 2.3%
 
2020 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Labor Force 95,444                      
Employed 92,729                      
Unemployed 2,715                      
Unemployment Rate 2.8%                      

Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data current as of March 16, 2020.

View 2012-2018 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. 2018 data unavailable as of Jan 2019

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