Just south of Tampa along Florida's Gulf Coast sits Sarasota, a city of 53,326 residents (720,042 if you include the surrounding metropolitan area), with unique educational opportunities and a wealth of natural subtropical resources.
Incorporated in 1902, Sarasota has a colorful history with strong ties to the Ringling circus family, who invested heavily in the city's development during the early 20th century. Their name lives on in several locations throughout the town, most notably the Ringling College of Art and Design. The city is also a popular tourism destination coveted for its exceptionally white beaches.
Sarasota's overall cost of living is roughly four to eight percent cheaper than the national average, according to various sources. As of 2014 the median home cost was $151,400, lower than the national median of $170,100. Using an indexed national average of 100, Sarasota scored a 89 for housing, 97 for utilities and 97 for miscellaneous (clothing, restaurants, entertainment, etc.). However, health care services were slightly higher at 102 and groceries the highest at 103.1. The median income per household was $34,077 with 16.7 percent of the population below the poverty line.
Sarasota Job Opportunities
A large segment of the workforce of Sarasota, FL jobs include healthcare, senior services and assisted living facilities since the city itself is an extremely popular retirement destination; in fact, roughly half of the city's population is over the age of 45 and nearly one in five people are over the age of 65.
Window and door manufacturer PGT Industries is the largest employer for Sarasota jobs, with 1,440 full-time workers, followed by grocery store chain Publix with 1,335, Venice Regional Medical Center with 1,200 and FCCI Insurance Group with 720. There are a large number of manufacturing, insurance and tourism jobs in Sarasota as well.
Be sure to check out nearby Tampa jobs for additional employment opportunities if you can't find Sarasota jobs to fit your needs.
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 324,400 citizens constituted Sarasota's workforce in August 2014, 21,000 of which were unemployed, bringing the city's unemployment rate to 6.5 percent — slightly higher than the national average of 5.9 percent at the time.
Businesses focused on mining, logging and construction jobs in Sarasota, FL, boasted the strongest growth by workforce in the spring and summer of 2014, averaging roughly eight percent year-over-year growth each month. Information and government opportunities declined in that same period, while leisure and hospitality positions remained relatively stagnant.