OCALA, Fla. (March 27, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 3.9 percent in February, down 0.2 percentage point over the month and 0.5 percentage point lower than the region’s rate a year ago.
The labor force was 203,400, up 2,417 over the year. There were 195,387 employed, an increase of 3,153 compared to February 2019, and 8,013 unemployed, a drop of 736, when the region’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent. Compared to January’s numbers, there were 1,192 more jobs and 283 fewer jobless.
Citrus County Government remains open to serve our citizens. There may be limited access to building lobbies for the protection of citizens and employees. Services continue to be available by phone, email or mail.
Animal Services – mandating all volunteers to not come to the shelter beginning Wednesday, March 25 until further notice. We are currently delaying the intake of owner-surrendered animals to ensure we have kennel space. For more information phone (352)746-8400 or visit: www.citruscritters.com. For those who need to renew or purchase a County Pet License, we ask for you to either do so online at https://www.petdata.com/.
Shortly before 8 a.m. today, Deputies with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Beverly Hills neighborhood in response to shots fired.
Upon arrival, deputies made contact with witnesses and the 62-year-old shooter.
The witnesses said that the shooter was engaged in an argument with the victim, a 32-year-old resident of the neighborhood. As the incident escalated the shooter fired a weapon at the victim, hitting him in the chest.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the area of West Alamo Drive in Beverly Hills in reference to a shooting.
One individual inside the residence was shot, with another armed and barricaded subject still inside of the home.
Two witnesses to the event had already left the residence and made their way to the safety of the deputies on scene. The shooting victim eventually made his way out of the home and received treatment first by two CCSO deputies on scene, then EMS before transport.
Due to unexpected shortage in medical and surgical supplies during the national response to COVID-19 pandemic, Citrus County Animal Services, unfortunately, has to suspend its TNVR program and is unable to take in community cats at this time.
It is recommended that healthy cats found outside are left alone until animal services able to start performing surgeries again. Nationally, only 2% of cats are picked up by their owners when they end up in shelters, whereas — make it back home when left in their community.