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Tampa Ranks 3rd Nationally in Job Opportunities

WalletHub’s 2014 Best U.S. Cities To Find a Job list is out and Tampa is ranked among the best of the best.

The Tampa metropolitan area may have taken a beating during the Great Recession, shedding more than 140,000 jobs, but it’s bounced back rather nicely.

That’s the word from a WalletHub survey ranking the top places in the country to find job opportunities. It ranks Tampa Bay No. 3, just behind Fort Worth, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

The recently released study took into account such factors as employment growth, job openings per capita, unemployment trends and industrial variety. Local cost of living also played a big role.

While WalletHub says Tampa was hit especially hard during the Great Recession, “the area’s economy is nearly back to its pre-recession size.” It says “only 11 major U.S. cities have fewer employees per capita living below the poverty line.”

Tampa’s workforce also ranked 8th best in pay, but there is a caveat to that: cost of living was taken into account.

Back in August 2010, the unemployment rate in Tampa Bay soared to 12.3 percent, according to the Tampa Bay Times. By May 2014, that number had dropped to 5.9 percent, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

Other cities in the Top 10 included:

  • No. 1 Fort Worth, TX
  • No. 2 Washington, D.C.
  • No. 4 Arlington, TX
  • No. 5 Dallas, TX
  • No. 6 Austin, TX
  • No. 7 Seattle, WA
  • No. 8 Denver, CO
  • No. 9 Mesa, AZ
  • No. 10 Houston, TX

What are your thoughts? Is Tampa Bay ripe with job opportunities? Tell us by commenting below!

hudsonjam July 04, 2014 at 09:20 AM
I never have had a problem finding employment in the Tampa Bay area. I have been very fortunate in that regard. The issue is I now earn about 1/2 of what I earned in 2006 and my wife (a former retail store manager) who now works 2 part time jobs also makes about 1/2 of her former earnings. This combined with the under reported inflation rates, makes this a rather lack luster economy. Heavy handed government regulations, liberal socialist policies and a failed presidency are the most obvious causes. Out of control printing of cash to pay off our national debt is devaluating our currency making everything we buy more expensive. This is nothing more then an insidious hidden tax and Americans need to wake up and see that their government is out of control.
Diane Carlstrom July 06, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Just keep in mind who controls policy in FL. It certainly isn't the left. Stories like this point out numbers of jobs but don't point out the terrible dwindling pay or hours that are offered. Over 50 and looking? Good luck even with a degree and decades of experience. You might get lucky and be a night manager at a convenience store. Rent, good and gas keep going up though. The folks in Tally call the shots here and as long as stories like this get published nothing is going to change.
RGo July 20, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Let's face it, it's definitely NOT a good economy, especially for job seekers and it's not a leftist government that destroying us: it is an obstructionist Congress that has done absolutely nothing to advance this society. I happened to be an educated individual(who holds an Associates of Science and two Bachelors degrees) and I've struggled to find gainful employment for the past two years. Congress has done nothing but complain, fight,a rue, created a divisive atmosphere/dialog that has sent the country catapulting downward. When party overrides policy, when party overrides economy, when party overrides economic development, advancement and education, then we're headed down a dangerous slope that all Americans will suffer from....if the obstruction continues, I believe will end up in a slump that will take decades to recover from. In the workplace we use to have the common sense to work, strategize and commune together. In the workplace, if our attitudes and abilities were representative of this Congress, we'd, not only be terminated, but the business would falter. It take a broad minded group of people to realize that all must work together for the good of all....this Congress has proven that it can't. From the onset of Obama's presidency, the extremist decided that it would destroy this presidency, even at the risk of destroying the very fabric of this nation. End result, the fabric has ripped, we're still in a financial crisis, racism has increased and is rising, and no...one...not any legislative policies have been passed to create a healthy and vibrant society that all Americans call appreciate...thanks Congress. :-)

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