Workforce

Dec. 2023 Preliminary Labor Statistics as of 1/23/2024

Volusia County
Workforce Size

275,965

Volusia County
Employed

266,795

Volusia County 
Unemployed

9,170

Volusia County
Unemployment Rate

3.3%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

The next release is scheduled on Mar. 22, 2024 for Dec. preliminary stats.

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Volusia County, Florida, U.S. Unemployment Trend

The chart shows the unemployment rate trend for Volusia County, Florida, and the US from January 2020 to present. After the impact of COVID and a rate of 15.1%, Volusia County's unemployment rate has steadily decreased and is currently at 3.3% as of Dec. 2023. Florida's unemployment rate is 2.9% and the US is 3.5%.

Source:  Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.

Area Employment by Major Industry

For a complete overview of area employment and labor statistics, view the "Q" report here.

The chart displays industries for the 2nd quarter of 2023 and the employment amounts associated with each for Volusia County. Health Care and Social Assistance – 31,863, Leisure and Hospitality – 30,012, Retail Trade – 28,049, Professional and Business Services – 19,810, Educational Services – 14,948, Construction – 12,418, Manufacturing – 12,169, Public Administration – 9,291, Financial Activities – 8,221, Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities – 5,681, Other Services – 5,264, Wholesale Trade – 4,599, Natural Resources and Mining – 1,389, and Information – 1,314. The quarterly average total employment was 185,436 which is a 3.4% increase over the same period last year in the 2nd quarter of 2022.


Average Workforce Size

Volusia County available total workforce has surpassed pre-pandemic levels to a record level of approximately 266,061 in 2022.

Chart showing Volusia County total employed workforce from 2013 to 2022. Click image for pdf of chart with details.

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Average Employment

Volusia County total employment workforce is at a record of approximately 257,682 as of 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Volusia County Total Employed workforce trend from 2013 to 2022. Click image for pdf with details.

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Average Unemployment Rate

Volusia County unemployment has dropped to a average rate of 3.1% in 2022 and is lower than pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Chart showing Volusia County Average Unemployment Rate trend from 2013 to 2022. Click image for pdf with details.

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2021 Average Annual Wage

Volusia County

$46,385

Florida

$60,176

U.S. 

$68,028

View the Volusia, FL & U.S. Private Industry Annual Average Wage Trend chart in the 1st quarter 2023 "Q" report

Private Average Annual Wage

Volusia County wages are reasonable and able to support a quality of life that continues to draw people to our communities.

The chart shows Volusia County’s average annual wage trend from 2012 to 2021. Wages increased slightly from 2012 to 2014 and have increased steadily since 2014. 2014 wage was $34,696. 2015 was $35,904. 2016 was $36,558. 2017 was $37,740. 2018 was $38,760. 2019 was $40,472. 2020 was $43,673. The 2021 average wage of $46,385 increased 6.2% from 2020.

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Regional Average Annual Wage Comparison

Volusia County wages are regionally competitive allowing businesses to attract the talent they need.

Volusia County’s average wage ranks 32th out of 67 counties. The chart shows 2021 regional counties Private Average Annual wages and percent change from 2020 in comparison to Volusia County. Flagler - $40,760 increase of 10.0%. Putnam - $43,327 increase of 3.6%. Lake - $44,978, increase of 8.4%. Volusia $46,385, increase of 6.2%. St. Johns - $52,796 increase of 7.6%. Seminole - $57,624 increase of 6.3%. Brevard $57,927 increase of 4.7%. Orange - $60,467 increase of 7.3%.

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Private Industry Average Wage by Super Sector

Volusia County wages are appropriate for your business and the industry sector you compete in.

The chart shows the 2021 Volusia County Private Industry Average Annual Wage by Super Sector. The highest average wage was in the Information sector at $72,270. Financial Activities $67,406. Manufacturing $59,891. Professional and Business Services $57,035. Education and Health Services $55,077. Unclassified $54,705. Construction $50,004. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities $39,423. Other Services $36,295. Natural Resources and Mining $27,663. Leisure and Hospitality had the lowest average wage of $25,384.

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