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The large military presence draws a great diversity of technology-based firms, defense contractors, education and supporting industries. With over 1,400 military men and women separating from the military and staying in the area each year our labor market offers an educated, highly-skilled and disciplined workforce. Most of those exiting the military intend to stay or could be compelled to stay.

In order to improve the area’s ability to connect and create jobs for veterans and transitioning service members, economic development and workforce officials executed an MOU with leadership from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Through these efforts, almost 1,300 responses from those preparing to transition out of the military have been collected thus far. As evidenced from the charts below, over 63% plan to remain in the local area. Further, as shown in the chart capturing length of service of exiting military members, the majority of those separating have at least 10 years of service.

                              

Top Okaloosa County Public and Private Sectors

2019 Top Employers Employee Count Industry Public or Private
Okaloosa County School District 3,449 Education Public
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,429 Medical Private
Walmart (combined) 1,400 Retail Private
Publix (combined) 972 Retail Private
Okaloosa County BCC 936 County Government Public
Lockheed Martin 875 Defense Contractor Private
Northwest Florida State College 734 Education Public
Reliance Test & Technology 697 Government Contractor Private
Okaloosa Airport System 684 County Government Public
North Okaloosa Medical Center 570 Medical Private
Boeing 500 Aerospace & Defense Contractor Private
Sierra Nevada Corporation 498 Defense Contractor Private
Okaloosa County Sherriff's Office 475 County Governement Public
White Wilson Medical Center 465 Medical  Private
Lowes (combined) 446 Retail Private
Source: Okaloosa EDC, Survey Responses. Not all inclusive and does not include the federal government.

Top Okaloosa County Private Sector

2019 Top Employers Employee Count Industry
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,429 Medical
Walmart (combined) 1,400 Retail
Publix (combined) 972 Retail
Lockheed Martin 875 Defense Contractor
Reliance Test & Technology 697 Government Contractor
North Okaloosa Medical Center 570 Medical
Boeing 500 Aerospace & Defense Contractor
Sierra Nevada Corporation 498 Defense Contractor
White Wilson Medical Center 465 Medical 
Lowes (combined) 446 Retail
Vertex Aerospace AIS 359 Manufacturing
Eglin Federal Credit Union 355 Banking
BAE Systems 341 Technical Services
Harborwalk Hospitality LLC 330 Hospitality
Torch Technologies 320 Technical Services
Source: Okaloosa EDC, Survey Responses. Not all inclusive and does not include the federal government.

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