This article was originally published on Jacksonville Business Journal.
Florida and Texas economic development is continuing to duke it out, this time for which state is the best in the South for finding jobs.
This time, the crown goes to Florida, when Ziprecruiter named the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area the best for hiring demand, citing its position as a “high-tech corridor” and hub for health care.
But Tampa wasn't the only Florida city to make the list. In fifth place: Jacksonville.
“This northern Florida city is naturally posited as an economic leader with its thriving port location on the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean,” the report reads. “Jacksonville is the transportation and distribution hub in the state, and also enjoys a thriving health care sector and established construction and manufacturing industries.”
Texas rounds out the top three, with both the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area being recognized as the “Silicon Prairie” and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown with the largest medical center in the world. Richmond, Virginia, came in fourth.
Metropolitan areas were ranked using Ziprecruiter's hiring demand index, based on relative monthly growth percentage as measured across the country. Tampa had an index number of +140, followed by +70 for Dallas and +47 for Houston.
Each area also lists its top industries and most in-demand positions. For the First Coast, health care, administration, transportation, construction and marketing are the top industries. Respectively, the most sought-for positions are health care executive director, customer support representative, Class A CDL driver, journeyman and marketing sales representative.
While Tampa and Jacksonville are the top-ranked Florida cities, the Sunshine State had a strong showing, with four cities making the list. The remaining two are Orlando-Kissimmee and Cape Coral-FortMyers.
Texas and Virginia also had quantity and quality: both had a top-five city and four each on the list. South Carolina had three metros, Alabama and North Carolina had two. Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia were also mentioned.