The Community Scorecard

On a monthly basis, the Chamber will update the metrics within the community scorecard. Data sets for Jobs, Unemployment, Crime, and MWSBE certifications are updated monthly and quarterly. Kindergarten readiness, 3rd Grade Reading Scores, High School Graduation Rates, Post-Secondary Attainment Rates, Poverty Rates, and GDP are updated annually.


  • The unemployment rate was 4.7% in August 2021, 1.6% lower than the region’s year-ago rate of 6.3% and almost a half percent lower since July 2021
  • In August 2021, nonagricultural employment in the Tallahassee MSA was 177,300, an increase of 1,200 jobs (0.7%) over the year
  • The manufacturing (6.1%) and education and health services (5.0%) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were leisure and hospitality (+2,300 jobs); education and health services (+1,200 jobs); other services (+500 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+300 jobs); manufacturing (+200 jobs) and financial activities (+200 jobs)


Kindergarten Readiness: 2024 – 75% 2030 – 100%
Third Grade Reading Scores: 2024 – 80% 2030 – 100%
Poverty Rate: 2024 – 15% 2030 – Under 10%
Crime Rates to Rank as the Lowest Ten in Florida

To view the complete jobs information in the Tallahassee MSA including sectors, month-over-month, and year-over-year data, download the SEPTEMBER DATA SHEET.

To compare similar Metropolitan Statistical Areas within Florida download additional data sheets HERE.

Download September 2021 Scorecard.