Talent: Florida Cities Rank High for Employment

Whether entering the global, national, state or local market, companies often experience adversities, challenges and difficulties. Business location and talent pipeline should not be among these hardships. Florida has created a pro-business environment enabling large corporations, small businesses and startup companies to grow quickly and develop a diverse talent pipeline.

Florida retains the third largest workforce in the nation and delivers more opportunities, prospects and experiences for those starting a business or seeking employment. Equally, Florida employers possess and exhibit unique opportunities to attract, develop, motivate and retain employees who are driven and productive. In the first quarter of 2017, state businesses generated approximately 60,000 private- sector jobs. In its fifth consecutive year, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2 percent exceeds the U.S. rate of 1.7 percent.

Florida utilizes its 70 private colleges and universities, 28 community and state colleges, 24 trade and technical institutions, 12 public universities and six medical schools to collaborate and partner diligently with the business community to form programs reflecting the needs of the state’s industries. Economic opportunities in aviation, aerospace, life sciences, logistics, distribution, manufacturing and healthcare continues to migrate from the Northeast, Midwest and Pacific to Florida. Employers, employees and job seekers find Florida’s geographical location, demographic makeup, educational system, taxation policy and living environment alluring, attractive and appealing.

Indeed.com, the world’s #1 job site with over 200 million unique visitors every month from over 60 countries, conducted a national survey. The results depict Florida as home to three metropolitan cities ranking in the top ten for job seekers – first place Miami, second place Orlando and seventh place Jacksonville. This survey considered key needs, wants and desires when searching for a new job including salary, cost of living, job security, career advancement, work-life balance and labor market.

Generally, Florida cities offer a well-educated, skilled and cultured workforce enticing large and small companies to expand or relocate to the region. Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville, in particular, are booming with new businesses ranging from small technology startups to large manufacturing plants. As more entrepreneurs, millennials, young professionals, venture capitalists and business leaders move to Miami, Orlando or Jacksonville, Florida will continue to experience job growth and pro-business progress, incentives and innovation.