OCALA, Fla. — Career Source officials say the Ocala job market holds the third fastest job growth rate at 20% for the Information Industry. But recently, some job seekers have taken the time to learn new skills and change careers.
What You Need To Know
- Career Source officials say the Ocala job market holds the third fastest job growth rate at 20% for the Information Industry.
- Last year unemployment in Ocala was more than 6%
- Now it’s bouncing back, down to 3.8%
Nha Quang Ho Lam is no stranger to taking chances — five years ago, he moved from Vietnam to Ocala.
Back in his native country, he was an engineer, but when he moved, he saw a greater need in his new community. That's why he decided to move into human resources at Viceroy Home Health.
“People here need help in their personal life more than they need an engineer,” said Lam.
Lam’s not alone — the pandemic triggered job loss in the labor market and as it bounces back, many workers are taking a second look at their career paths.
Just last year unemployment in Ocala was more than 6% but has since bounced back down to 3.8%. The change is something Lam’s new boss, Vanessa Jacques says he’s contributing to.
“He’s been with us for the past, going on two months now," she said. "He’s helped us hire over 10 employees. He is amazing at what he does."
Jacques and Lam have a lot in common: She started a career as an entrepreneur after working as a registered nurse. But their relationship goes deeper.
“I’m also an immigrant here," Jacques said. "We share that sense of living the American Dream. I see it in him and I see why he works so hard."
Lam said the job he has now is a perfect fit for him.
“I came here to work for the first week and said this is it, this is what I want to do,” said Lam.