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 8.4%
High School Graduate 27.37%
Some College, No Degree 25.34%
Associate Degree 10.59%
Bachelor's Degree 28.3%
Graduate/Professional Degree 11.35%

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.

2016 Wage Data

  Average Annual Wage Hourly Wage
Statewide $46,236 $22.23
Okaloosa $42,156 $20.27
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Census of Employment and Wages Program, Extracted 2017

Okaloosa County Population

2000 170,498
2016 202,183
2021 (Projection) 217,236
Males 50.79%
Females 49.21%
Median Household Income $58,139
Median Age $35.97
Source: www.okaloosasites.com, May 2017

Establishments & Employees

Establishments 2016 Employees by SIC 2016
1-4 Employees 6,451 Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing 831
5-9 Employees 1,838 Mining 6
10-19 Employees 867 Construction 3,719
20-49 Employees 549 Manufacturing 4,011
50-99 Employees 181 Transportation & Communication 3,697
100-249 Employees 98 Wholesale Trade 1,400
250-499 Employees 11 Retail Trade 26,041
1,000+ Employees 3 Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 6,647
    Services 35,223
    Public Administration 7,181
    Unclassified 735

Unemployment in Okaloosa

2017 Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Labor Force 91,823 93069 85274 95925 97,239 99,789 100,514 99,159 98,070 96,064    
Employed 87534 89301 91928 92855 94,173 96,408 97,092 95,908 95,341 93,459    
Unemployed 4289 3768 3346 3070 3,066 3,381 3,422 3,251 2,729 2,605    
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 4% 3.5% 3.2% 3.4% 3.4% 3.4% 3.3% 2.8% 2.7%    
Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Data current as of November 22, 2017.

View 2012-2016 Unemployment data

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