Tampa Bay job market pegged for 12 percent growth in 2012, among metro leaders in nation
Wake up and good morning. I must be dreaming... Some gulf coast Florida metro areas rank among the nation's leaders -- not in foreclosure or jobless rates this time -- but in a list of metro areas planning to increase their workforces faster than most other metros across the country.
Let me repeat that. A survey by employment services firm Manpower Group says metro areas like Cape-Coral/Fort Myers and Lake land-Winter Haven and, not far behind them, Tampa Bay plan to hire aggressively -- forecast: 12 percent growth -- when compared with most other parts of the United States. Holy job application. Is that music to your ears?
Here's what Forbes magazine reports: "Though Florida was hard hit by the 2008 sub prime mortgage crisis, and unemployment in the state sits 1.5% above the national average at 10.1%, in the first quarter of 2012, employers in two of Florida’s metropolitan areas are planning to increase their workforces at a rate that outpaces every other metro area in the country." Manpower surveyed 18,000 employers in 100 metro areas.
Read the Forbes story here. (Photo: In Tampa, St. Petersburg Times, Michael Sandler.)
And here's the ranking of the hottest and weakest metro markets for 2012 jobs, according to Manpower:
Where the jobs will be:
1. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, up 17 percent
tie with Lakeland-Winter Haven
3. Houston, up 14 percent
tie with Des Monies (Iowa), Phoenix
6. Honolulu, up 13 percent
7. Tampa Bay, up 12 percent
tied with Sarasota-Bradenton, Atlanta, Baton Rouge (La.), Indianapolis, Wichita (Kan.)
And where the jobs won't be:
1. Spokane (Wash.), down 4 percent
tied with Fresno (Calif.), Dayton (Ohio)
4. Seattle, down 3 percent
tied with Reno (Nev.)
6. Springfield (Mass.), down 2 percent
tied with San Francisco, Raleigh (N.C.), Providence (R.I.), Portland (Maine), Little Rock (Ark.)
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times, soon to become the Tampa Bay Times