The Ocala/Marion County area has a diverse and robust economy that appeals to a wide range of businesses due to its central Florida location, skilled workforce and low cost of living. Long known as “Horse Capital of the World®” for our strong equine industry, our area also supports a diverse regional economy of manufacturing, distribution, services and retail industries. The proportion of our labor force employed in manufacturing is almost double the average for the State of Florida. A strong and growing service sector is in place to meet the needs of business and individuals. The local transportation sector has nearly doubled in recent years. The local labor force has grown an estimated 9.8% since 2000.
Forbes magazine has named the Ocala MSA to the Top 10 Metros for Future Job Growth for five consecutive years. The Ocala Metro consistently ranks among the top growth metros in Florida especially in the areas of Transportation, Manufacturing, Health Care, and Professional Services.
Civilian Labor Force
The three-county workforce shed numbers more than 202,000 strong. Ocala is the regional employment hub and attracts employees not only from the three counties but from a region of 6 counties and more than one million residents.