These Were The 10 Best Cities To Get A Job In Florida For 2019

By Kathy Morris - Jun. 21, 2015

Find a Job You Really Want In

Did you look for a job in 2019?

If so, you probably have a general feel for how your local job market is. Which is good. Or bad. Or somewhere in between. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2019 it was easiest to find a job in Florida.

Here were the ten hottest job markets in Florida:

  1. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
  2. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville
  3. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island
  4. Jacksonvillee
  5. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin
  6. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton
  7. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
  8. Port St. Lucie
  9. Gainesville
  10. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Florida. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How We Determined The Best Job Markets In Florida

We used the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics to pull data for the main Florida metro areas.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job markets in the country.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-21 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Wage Change
  • Current Average Wage

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Crestview area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 24 metro areas from 1-to-24. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

Here is a more in-depth breakdown of the top 10, with the full list at the bottom:

1.Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater


Source:Pixabay User /jharris407

Employed Population: 1,361,791
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Average Annual Wage: $53,679

2. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL


Source: Public Domain

Employed Population: 240,304
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Average Annual Wage: $53,450

3.Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL


Employed Population: 154,180
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Average Annual Wage: $53,826

4. Jacksonville, FL


Source:Pixabay User paulbr75

Employed Population: 680,024
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Average Annual Wage: $53,271

5. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL


Employed Population: 113,855
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Average Annual Wage: $51,943

6. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL


Source: Wikipedia

Employed Population: 324,701
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Average Annual Wage: $50,734

7. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL


Source:Pixabay User RGruber

Employed Population: 1,155,574
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Average Annual Wage: $54,064

8. Port St. Lucie, FL


Employed Population: 188,047
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Average Annual Wage: $51,106

9. Gainesville, FL


Employed Population: 129,575
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Average Annual Wage: $49,106

10. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL


Employed Population: 200,737
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Average Annual Wage: $50,252

Measuring The Best Job Markets

You might be reading this and thinking, “Hey, I live in Tampa and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!” That’s entirely possible.

While Tampa and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Florida, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Tampa will have an easier time than those in Panama City, which came in dead last.

Check out the full list below to see where your city landed.

Rank Metro Employed Population Unemployment Rate Average Wage
1 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,361,791 3 53,679
2 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 240,304 3 53,450
3 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 154,180 3 53,826
4 Jacksonville, FL 680,024 3 53,271
5 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 113,855 2 51,943
6 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 324,701 3 50,734
7 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,155,574 3 54,064
8 Port St. Lucie, FL 188,047 3 51,106
9 Gainesville, FL 129,575 3 49,106
10 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 200,737 3 50,252
11 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 56,909 4 48,889
12 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 302,250 3 50,791
13 Tallahassee, FL 174,900 3 49,890
14 Punta Gorda, FL 63,378 3 48,533
15 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 262,262 3 49,047
16 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 265,019 3 47,260
17 Ocala, FL 121,060 4 45,707
18 The Villages, FL 26,339 4 49,952
19 Homosassa Springs, FL 44,174 5 47,030
20 Sebring, FL 32,695 4 42,601
21 Panama City, FL 87,911 4 50,109

Curious where this lands them nationally? Check out our national ranking of the best job markets in the US.

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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