Archive for September, 2018

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa grow

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

A number of manufacturing jobs in Tampa are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc. (AIM), a CNC wire bending machine supplier serving customers worldwide, announced that it will relocate its headquarters from Addison, Ill. to Hillsborough County.

The company will hire 45 local employees and invest more than $4 million in the building purchase, renovations, equipment and machinery.

“After two years of extensive research and the examination of six states, I found that the state of Florida is the best choice to relocate my company,” said Constantine Grapas, President of AIM. “I fell in love with Tampa from my first visit. Besides a much better quality of life, Tampa offers a significantly friendlier business climate than Chicago, and Tampa’s outstanding international airport makes it easy to travel for our clients around the world. The Tampa EDC and Enterprise Florida have been extremely helpful and accommodating to work with during this process. I wish I had done this research 27 years ago.”

In addition to moving its headquarters to Tampa, AIM is starting a new company that will revolutionize the orthodontic appliance industry: Advanced Orthodontic Solutions, Inc. (AOS).

The new company will manufacture micro wire bending machines for the manufacturing of orthodontic appliances and sleep apnea industry, providing equipment with superior accuracy at a fraction of the time of the currently manual operations. New models are set to be released for production in September 2018.

AIM purchased a 52,900-square-foot building located at 14101 McCormick Drive in Tampa. The two companies plan to hire 45 local employees for a variety of positions ranging from engineering, sales, marketing, administration, component manufacturing, and assembly with an average salary of $58,000.

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Finance jobs in Tampa

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Finance jobs in Tampa are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the June 2018 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 383,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,246,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,800,700 in July 2018, up 210,600 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was leisure and hospitality (+50,400, +4.2 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+38,200 jobs, +7.5 percent); education and health services (+33,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); professional and business services (+28,500 jobs, +2.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,700 jobs, +1.2 percent); financial activities (+16,300 jobs, +2.9 percent); manufacturing (+15,000 jobs, +4.1 percent); and other services (+8,700 jobs, +2.5 percent).

In July 2018, Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (3.0 percent each); followed by Walton County (3.1 percent); and Monroe County (3.2 percent).

Hendry County had the highest unemployment rate (8.7 percent) in Florida in July 2018, followed by Hardee County (6.8 percent); and Highlands County (5.8 percent).

Construction jobs in Tampa grow

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

A number of construction jobs in Tampa have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in July 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the June 2018 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 383,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,246,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,800,700 in July 2018, an increase of 27,400 jobs (+0.3 percent) over the month. The state gained 210,600 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.5 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year. Prior to September 2017, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate had exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,800,700 in July 2018, up 210,600 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was leisure and hospitality (+50,400, +4.2 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+38,200 jobs, +7.5 percent); education and health services (+33,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); professional and business services (+28,500 jobs, +2.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+21,700 jobs, +1.2 percent); financial activities (+16,300 jobs, +2.9 percent); manufacturing (+15,000 jobs, +4.1 percent); and other services (+8,700 jobs, +2.5 percent).

The two industries losing jobs were information (-1,200 jobs, -0.9 percent) and government (-800 jobs, -0.1 percent).