Recruiting Site Ranks Florida Job Market Among Best In Nation

By  //  April 20, 2015



TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The Florida Governor’s Office released the following report from, a national job recruiting site, which ranked Florida among the top states in the nation for job growth.

Over the last twenty years the Southern U.S. has been one of the best performing regions in the country in terms of job creation, and last year it was the best region for finding a job overall, with 23 of the top 50 job markets and an average unemployment rate of 5.5%.

2015 looks nearly as strong for the Sunbelt, as Texas and Florida lead the South into another year of strong hiring demand and economic expansion.

With the Great Recession firmly in the rearview mirror, the recovery of Sunbelt real estate markets (driven by continued in-migration from other parts of the country) combined with dramatically lower business costs in the region have created dynamic economies with expanding workforces.

By analyzing the hiring demand trends in the Sunbelt’s major metro areas, we examine which cities have emerged as the leaders in terms of hiring demand so far in 2015, and which industries saw the greatest growth.

Demand in the Trucking/Transportation industry was high overall in the South as a result of prominent manufacturing plants and locations central to major highways. Additionally, trends can be observed toward the IT industry and in the fields of biological research.

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    Section of downtown Tampa

    Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL– ZipRecruiter Hiring Demand Index: +140.0

Port to Florida’s ‘High Tech Corridor,’ Tampa supports multiple IT firms as well as business service providers. The region is also home to BayCare Health System, a network of major hospitals and the leading community based health system in the area.

Top 5 Industries and their most in-demand position:

  • Healthcare: Clinical Business Analyst
  • Information Technology: Software Developer
  • Admin/Secretarial: Export Coordinator
  • Construction/Skilled Trade: Welder
  • Accounting/Finance: Distribution Associate
  1. Jacksonville, FL– ZipRecruiter Hiring Demand Index: +39.0

This northern FL city is naturally posited as an economic leader with its thriving port location on the St. John’s River and the Atlantic Ocean. Jacksonville is the transportation and distribution hub in the state, and also enjoys a thriving healthcare sector and established construction and manufacturing industries.

Top 5 Industries and their most in-demand position:

  • Healthcare: Executive Director
  • Admin/Secretarial: Customer Support Representative
  • Trucking/Transportation: Class A CDL Driver
  • Construction/Skilled Trade: Journeyman
  • Marketing/PR: Marketing Sales
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    Section of downtown Orlando

    Orlando-Kissimmee, FL– ZipRecruiter Hiring Demand Index: +17.0%

Though it is known best by its tourist industry, Orlando’s primary hiring industry observed was healthcare. Construction also boomed with projects being developed in the area.

Top 5 Industries and their most in-demand position:

  • Healthcare: Nurse Educator
  • Admin/Secretarial: Administrative Assistant
  • Marketing/PR: Sales Account Management
  • Construction/Skilled Trade: Service Technician
  • Retail: Retail Associate
  1. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL– ZipRecruiter Hiring Demand Index: +14.2

The Cape Coral economy is based primarily on healthcare, government services, and the retail/hospitality service industry.

Top 5 Industries and their most in-demand position:

  • Healthcare: Hospitalist Internal Medicine
  • Admin/Secretarial: Assistant Operations Manager
  • Marketing/PR: Entry Level Marketing
  • Accounting/Finance: Accounts Receivable/Payable
  • Hospitality/Restaurant: Kitchen Manager