Allocated Projections for Florida Colleges
At the request of the Division of Florida Colleges, the Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics produced special editions of industry and occupational projections for use in planning Florida College programs.
While most of the Florida Colleges match the 24 Workforce Development Areas used in Florida’s Workforce System, Workforce Development Areas 8 (CareerSource Northeast Florida) and 12 (CareerSource Central Florida) required a reallocation of industry and occupational projections data to conform to Florida College geographies. These included custom projections tables for St. Johns River State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Lake-Sumter State College, Valencia College, and Seminole State College of Florida.
These custom projections were produced with the same methodology used for the other geographies (industry employment data for the local area are used to estimate occupational demand by applying industry/occupational staffing patterns for the metropolitan area). For example, St. Johns River State College projections use
s industry data specific to Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties with industry/occupational staffing data from the Jacksonville Metro area.
In the tables, projections data for Florida State College at Jacksonville includes Baker County, which is outside of its service area, in addition to Duval and Nassau. Similarly, Okeechobee County is included with Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto counties to define the service area for South Florida State College, even though Okeechobee County falls within the service area for Indian River State College. Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (Miami-Dade College and Florida Keys Community College) are combined. These adjustments are the result of the geographic configurations of WDAs in Florida and of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry and occupational data programs.
Custom Tables for Florida Colleges: