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metropolitan statistical area continues to post the second-highest unemployment rate in the
state – with 43 months of consecutive negative growth – behind the Palm Coast MSA with
16 percent. In terms of job losses, the Ocala MSA dropped from third-highest to fourth with Cinema in the Sunshine: The History of the Film Industry In Florida
1,400 jobs lost over the year.
Inverness - The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum now has opened the latest and most
Education and health services posted the only increase in employment during the entertaining and enlightening exhibit in the John Murray Davis Rotating Gallery titled: Cin-
past 12 months, up 400 openings or 3.1 percent. That’s in line with the state trend, with edu- ema in the Sunshine! The exhibition will be on display through June 2011.
cation and health services gaining the second highest number of jobs, according to Becky
Are you dying to meet…Elvis, The Flying Ace, Jaws, The Water boy, Tarzan, The
Rust, AWI’s head of Labor Market Statistics.
Creature from the Black Lagoon, and other entertaining characters? Became starstruck with
Rust said that areas with the lowest unemployment rate and fastest rate of job the newest exhibit, Cinema in the Sunshine!
growth, such as the Gainesville MSA with 8.7 percent unemployment, are those with a high
Many will know that in the summer of 1961, Elvis filmed Follow That Dream
proportion of universities, military bases, and state government.
in our now Historic Citrus County Courthouse. But how many knew that Florida’s film
She added that Ocala continues to be hard hit by losses to construction and finance industry began in the early 1900s and rivaled that of Hollywood? Before World War I, Jack-
sonville had more than thirty studios and 1,000 actors and extras and Florida was referred to
Out of a regional labor force of 207,986 – an increase of 3,242 since December as “Hollywood East.” However, unfavorable state and local policies soon discouraged the
2010 – there were 28,697 without jobs in January, or 788 more unemployed than the previ- booming industry, and off to California the studios went!
ous month. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January is 11.9 percent,
This exhibition interprets that early history of the film industry in Florida including
down 0.1 percent since December, representing 1.1 million jobless out of a labor force of the Who’s Who of Florida Films, Filmed in Alachua and Hernando Counties, Movies Shot
in Marion County, Films in Citrus County, Central and West Florida Made Movies, The
Citrus County followed with a rate of 13.3 percent, up 0.4 percent from the previ- Separate Cinema, Movie Palaces of Florida, and the Future for Film in Florida.
ous month. Levy County posted a 12.4 percent rate, also up 0.4 percent since December.
Doc Hollywood with Michael J. Fox was filmed in Micanopy, Mr. Peabody and
County’s is over and LevyCounty with William Powell, Ann Blythe, and Andrea King was filmed on location at
unemployment rate down 0.3 percent the year is the Mermaid
0.5 percent lower than January 2010.
Weeki Wachee, and the Yearling was filmed in Cross Creek near Micanopy. Come out and
Marion labor grew132,122 in - learn all of this and much, much more on the film industry in Florida and our area. Today,
County’s force from December to 132,804 for Janu
ary, Citrus County grewto 57,856 labor force also expanded by Florida ranks third in the nation in film production.
1,694 and Levy County’s
Citrus Commissioner hospitalized
866 to 17,326.
In January, nonagricultural employmentOcala metropolitan area continued
Citrus County Commissioner John “JJ” Kenney was admitted to Seven Rivers
to drop 89,90089,300, the Marion
from to a decline of 1.5 percent over year. County em-
Regional Medical Center on Monday after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Kenney had
ployment grew by 238 to 113,922. The number of jobless in Marion County rose to 18,882,
attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning and said at the time he had felt ill. His
up 342 since December 2010.
doctor later diagnosed the ailment as pneumonia.
In Citrus County, the number of unemployed increased by 204 to 7,672 and in
His room number was not known late Monday afternoon because he had not yet
Levy County the number of those without jobs remained nearly unchanged, rising slightly
been admitted. Kenney said before he was admitted that he fully expected to be at next
from 2,076 to 2,143.
Tuesday’s county commission meeting on March 22.
Woodring said that Workforce Connection business development services include
on-the-job training, paid internships and financial incentives.
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