The Bureau of Labor Statistics, our nation’s single-most gatherer of employment data, intermittently projects which occupations will see the greatest jobs growth over time. According their most recent such analysis, about one-third of all new jobs to be created between now and 2022 will be in the fields of healthcare, healthcare support, construction, and personal care.
Using these data and applying them to all of America’s 350-plus metropolitan areas, The Atlantic analyzed and reported in greater detail the “what and where” of America’s changing workforce.
And in this, Florida looks like its heading in a particularly strong direction.
In basic terms, there are three major job categories: (1) high-paying, knowledge-based “creative class” jobs that span arts, media, the professions, business, science and technology; (2) lower-paying service jobs in retail sales, food prep, and personal care; and (3) production or construction-based working class jobs.
Looking at overall projected job growth, Florida areas — particularly those along the coasts — look strong, matching or exceeding job growth in the nation as a whole.
But then, looking at projected changes in higher-wage creative class employment, Florida looks even better. Coastal areas and the I-4 corridor exceed the national average of 12.5 percent projected growth, reaching as high as 16.4 percent in multiple Florida counties.
To the Atlantic, this is a positive sign.
“These are economies that today rely mainly on service and some manufacturing jobs, and they are starting off with relatively lower levels of creative class jobs in 2012,” the Atlantic’s Richard Florida writes. “Many of these metros have struggled to regain a foothold in the new knowledge economy in the wake of deindustrialization, and these projected growth rates are a sign of rebirth.”
But that’s not to say that Florida’s job growth banks only on creative sector jobs.
Service-sector, and by an even greater margin blue-collar working class jobs, are predicted to grow dramatically in Florida, in most areas by far above the national average.