This page has been created as a reference overviewing the Suncoast region's workforce population, annual income, weekly wage and occupation distribution with data from the Florida Research & Economic Database website. The Florida Suncoast Region is the west-central and southwest peninsular Florida coastal area between North Tampa and south Naples and includes eight Florida counties including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Monroe.
Suncoast Workforce Overview
Population Growth, Occupation Distribution, Annual Family Income & Weekly Wages per Worker
The eight county area of the Florida Suncoast, which encompases 4,021,391 persons, has experienced a population growth of 17.4% over the past ten years, from 2000 - 2010. The Suncoast region's growth rate is just under Florida's growth rate of 17.6% for the same time period. Lee county has grown the quickest at 40.3% whereas Monroe County has had a population decline of 8.2% respectively. Unemployment for the Suncoast region has increased significantly as well from the low 3% range back in the year 2000 to over 10.6% as of 3rd quarter 2011 (see unemployment rate chart below).
In terms of workforce occupation distribution, the three highest employing sectors are (1) office / administrative support occupations at 18.2%, (2) sales occupations at 12.5%, and (3) food preparation / food service occupations at 12.5%. Conversely, the least employing sectors are (1) architecture / engineering occupations at 1.1%, (2) life, physical & social science occupations at 0.9% and (3) farming, fishery & forestry occupations at 0.6%. View full occupation distribution chart further down this page.
Weekly pay for the labor workforce ranges from $613 per week in Charlotte County and $845 per week in Hillsborough County. The average weekly pay for the State of Florida is $780 per week. Statistics provided by the Florida Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program.