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 Ocala/Marion County—“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 the last twenty years and many of the carriers represented in our market offer a level of service comparable to major transportation hubs. The local labor force has grown an estimated 9.8% since 2000.

Summary of Employment, Demographics, and Commuting Patterns for Marion County, Florida (pdf)

The Ocala MSA led the state in Job Growth in 2015. This follows a 2013 Forbes magazine article, which ranked the Ocala MSA 5th in the nation for future job growth. The Ocala MSA was the only MSA located east of the Mississippi River to make the Top 10. 

Civilian Labor Force

  Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployed Unemployment Rate
2014 133,727 124,525   9,202 6.80%
2013 133,333 124,296   9,037 6.80%
2012 133,108 119,309 13,799 10.40%

Data Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Employment By Occupation

Architect/Engineer 1,564
Arts/Entertainment/Sports 1,633
Building Grounds Maintenance 6,291
Business and Financial Operations 4,661
Community/Social Services 1,893
Computer/Mathematical 1,131
Construction, Extraction 7,917
Education/Training/Library 9,109
Farming, Fishery and Forestry 1,706
Food Preparation/Serving 12,555
Health Practitioner/Tech 9,759
Healthcare Support 6,723
Legal 969
Life/Physical/Social Sciences 171
Maintenance Repair 6,202
Management 4,235
Office/Administrative Support 25,907
Personal Care/Service 5,757
Production 6,020
Protective Services 4,285
Sales/Related 18,530
Transportation/Moving 7,768
Total 144,786


Employed Residents Working Outside County of Residence

2010 45,633 48.00%

Data Source: Summary of Employment, Demographics, and Commuting Patterns for Marion County, Florida by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Commute Times

Under 15 Minutes 28,440 24.30%
15 - 29 Minutes 44,825 38.30%
Over 30 Minutes 43,771 37.40%
Mean Commute Time (Minutes) 26.2  

Data Source: American Community Survey

Participation Rates

Civilian Labor Force - Male 70,023 51.00%
Civilian Labor Force - Female 66,930 49.00%

Data Source: American Community Survey