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Tampa Bay job demand outpaces other Southern cities

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The Tampa Bay region leads the southern U.S. in job demand. According to the online job posting and search site, ZipRecruiter, the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area ranked number one among cities in the “Sunbelt.”

Tampa Bay is ranked with a +140.0 hiring demand index measured by relative monthly job growth across the entire country. ZipRecruiter’s data shows the biggest job growth with higher numbers, but any positive number represents a “significant hiring demand.”

The Tampa region doubles its next closest follower, Dallas-Fort Worth, who has a hiring Demand Index of 70.0.

“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 combined with dramatically lower business costs in the region have created dynamic economies with expanding workforces,” the report reads.

The report lists Tampa’s top five industries as healthcare, information technology, administrative and secretarial positions, construction and skilled trade and accounting and finance.

The Dallas area has similar job needs but replaces construction with trucking and transportation.

Other Florida cities to make the list are Jacksonville, coming in at number five, and Orlando-Kissimmee and Cape Coral-Fort Myers at 10 and 11.

States ranking on the report also include Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

Jacksonville’s most in-demand industries include healthcare, administrative, trucking, construction and marketing hires many workers in the hospitality industry.

Want the best chance at landing a job? Go into the healthcare industry. Those jobs are listed as in-demand in all but one of the regions listed on the top 20 list in the South. Only Winchester, VA lacks that industry.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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