Jacksonville Ranks Among Top Metro Areas for Job Growth, Report Says – 104.5 WOKV

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s no secret that the city of Jacksonville and Duval County as a whole are booming.

A recent study ranks our city above major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and New York for job growth. Jacksonville ranks alongside Dallas, Tampa and Phoenix for job creation since pre-pandemic era.

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US Auto Credit recruiter Maria Velez said her business is growing rapidly.

“We are always creating new positions, absolutely,” Velez said.

The company is spread across 25 states, but Florida is its home. Velez said they are here to stay and are looking to grow right here in Jacksonville.

“We are in the auto finance industry. It’s a business that I think is never going to die,” Velez said.

You could say that “growth” is a county-wide trend.

“We are seeing a lot of interest in Jacksonville both in the office sector, financial services in particular, as well as in manufacturing and distribution,” said Kirk Wenland, executive director of the city’s Office of Economic Development. of Jacksonville.

According to the US Census, the city’s population has grown by nearly 130,000 over the past 10 years. Duval County reflects this growth. The population is now approaching one million.

According to the Economic Innovation GroupJacksonville’s job growth from December 2019 to December 2021 is 1.6%, rivaling big cities like Phoenix and Raleigh.

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“A lot of big names have come to the area as well as some names that some people might not recognize,” Wenland said.

City officials said several big names have joined Jacksonville’s ranks.

“SoFi now has a big office here. Of course, FIS is building its new headquarters in Brooklyn,” Wenland said.

CareerSource Northeast Florida reports that the Jax metro area saw more than 29,000 jobs added last year.

Florida State added almost half a million jobs in 2021.

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