Defense, hospitality remain Okaloosa's main employers

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 07:03 PM.

A senior department official speaking on background said more than 700,000 officials next month will receive notices of their 14 unpaid leave days expected in mid-to-late June, according to the American Forces Press Service.

While sequestration won't apply to active-duty military members, it will cover civilian workers, including those employed in defense contractors' companies.

"We're working with the defense contractors about how that's going to effect us," Sumblin said. "Right now, we haven't heard much from them, which we're ecstatic about."

Sequestration "certainly will have a ripple effect" on the area economy, as civilian workers will decease their discretionary spending, potentially affecting other businesses, Sumblin said.

Hospitality season gears up

Though much of the hospitality industry focuses on the county’s south end, Crestview receives a boost due to its position as a gateway to tourist destinations, with visitor traffic passing through town on Interstate 10 and State Road 85.

"This time of year, with the hospitality season, there's more hiring going on," Sumblin said. "We're seeing a great increase from the positive tourist season last year."

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