Gainesville’s Mid Year Employment Report, jobs on the rise

Gainesville’s mid year employment snapshot is out, courtesy of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and there is plenty of good news to report.

Jobs are growing and unemployment is dwindling. According to the data, compared to the same time last year there are 2,600 new jobs, and Gainesville has had an unemployment rate that has consistently been lower than the states average since January of this year.

Gainesville has also made significant progress in “emerging talent solutions”. These include Gainesville Dev Academy, which helps address the regions need to retain graduates of the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math). As wee as STEM Ready, which gives employers access to pre-screened qualified interns in the STEM field.

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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