Tampa Bay Region Ranks Second in Job Growth; First in Job Demand

When it comes to adding jobs, the Tampa Bay area is out front, ranking second in the state for job growth year-over-year.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region added 42,800 new private-sector jobs in March 2016 compared to the same period a year ago. The result was a decrease in the area’s unemployment rate to 4.3 percent, according to the state office of economic development. The industries that showed the best job growth were in the professional and business services with 12,400 positions followed by education and health services with 11,000 new jobs.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA was first among state metro areas in job demand in March with 47,790 job openings and led the way in demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) positions, with 14,950 openings in March. All 24 metro areas in Florida had year-over-year jobs gains in March 2016. Orlando-Kissimee-Sanford led the growth story with 49,000 jobs; a 4.3 percent gain. The Tampa region was second; up 3.4 percent as was third-ranked Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach with 27,300 jobs.

The state and regional jobs statistics coincided with the announcement by a local manufacturer that said it is expanding its headquarters in Tampa in a move that is expected to add 70 new jobs by 2019.

Beneficial Blends, LLC, which makes, co-packs and distributes organic coconut oil products will be expanding its headquarters at 5505 Johns Road to an additional 24,000 square-foot facility at 5132 Tampa West Boulevard, a few miles north of Tampa International Airport. The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. assisted the company in getting workforce screening and recruiting services. The new jobs will includes those in sales, marketing, accounting and quality control as well as in production and warehouse facilities.

Overall, the number of jobs in Florida was 8,248,800 in March, up 234,300 compared to a year ago. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March 2016, down from 5.6 percent a year ago. That compares with the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 5.0 percent in March.

The unemployment rate for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties each stood at 4.2 percent while the unemployment rates for Pasco, Polk and Sarasota were 5.0 percent, 5.2 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. The rates for Hernando and Manatee counties were 5.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

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Announcing a Great New Opportunity for our students and graduates!

Schiller International University is pleased to announce our first partnership with one of the local employment agencies –, specialized towards jobs for SAP and over 300 small and big of their co-operant in the Rhine-Neckar area.

Their focus is on international graduates with Business, Sales, IT, Consulting, and trainee programs affinities. This collaboration aims towards internships, career paths and academic cooperation between SIU and HDJ. We encourage all our current students and recent graduates to apply for their jobs and internships through their website

Reasons to earn a college degree:

As you look around you, initially you may get the feeling that a university education is a thing of the past. You´re bombarded by images of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Rachel Ray, and Richard Branson among others. The reality is that these are outliers, they are the minority, and as such they receive all the attention. Paradoxically, in order to work for them you are probably going to be asked for a college education. If you are unsure a college degree is for you, here are some compelling reasons from SIU´s Madrid Undergraduate Advisor, José Pinto. ### Four reasons to earn a college degree: 1. **You will have more and better job opportunities:** According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, of the 2.9 million ‘good jobs’ with salaries starting at $ 53,000 per year plus benefits, offered in the US since 2010, 97% of these were given to college graduates. 2. **Earn more:** The average income differential continues to increase between those with a college degree and those without one. Despite the large increase in the number of graduates between 1980 and 2013, the differential in the US increased from 33% to 62%. 3. **You’ll adapt better:** The only certainty is that the future will require lifelong learning throughout your working life. There is nothing better for the advent of the learning society, than the experience and discipline provided by a university framework. 4. **You’ll live longer:** There are several studies that confirm a correlation between level of education and life expectancy. A higher level of education is associated with better habits and even a longer life expectancy. Companies today need to hire people who can hit the ground running and start contributing from day 1, a good college education will allow you to do that and more.

SIU Career Fair 2008 in Largo, Florida

SIU Career Fair 2008, in Largo, Florida

Are you looking for a job, networking or internships?  

Schiller International University invites to the SIU Career Fair 2008!

  • Meet with corporate representatives
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Seminars and workshops
  • On-site interviews
  • Networking
  • Free Entry!

There will be more than 20 companies who are looking for you. Job seekers: Please bring several copies of your resume and dress in professional attire.

Where: Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo, Florida 33771
October 1, 2008 
10 am – 5 pm 

To sign up please email: Canan Severoglu  or phone: +1 727 738 6361 / +1 727 736 5082

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