TAMPA, Fla – The city of Tampa just released new numbers showing Tampa overtakes the nation in job growth. The city saw a 6% increase in job vacancies between 2015 and 2020.
“We are definitely on the right track. There is no question,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.
Since taking office, Mayor Jane Castor has focused on economic growth and the numbers are in her favor.
“We have opportunities here in our city,” she said. “We just want the whole nation and the world to know that we are open for business.”
The city hired a company to calculate the numbers. From 2015 to 2020, 43,000 new jobs were posted in the city. While the nation has remained stagnant, Tampa has grown.
“We provide not only the jobs, but the skilled workforce for those jobs,” said Mayor Castor.
“It’s a really nice seamless fit and allows CareerSource to work hand in hand with the city,” said John Flanagan, president and CEO of CareerSource Tampa Bay.
Flanagan has worked in labor and economic development for 20 years. He says the report’s numbers are on par with the explosion of new residents.
“Hillsborough County has a population of about 30,000, probably over 60[,000] in 2020. So you’ve almost doubled your migration in one year, ”he said.
But even with all of these people moving to town, Flanagan says it’s not enough to fill these positions. So, if you have been thinking about changing careers, now is the time to start from scratch and make more money.
“It’s kind of like a buyer’s market. You can kind of set your own price because talent is so valuable that employers might actually have to pay more to get you,” he said.
You can read more study highlights here.