Stats Show Miami is One of the Best Places in the Country to Work in 2016
While people in many parts of the country are struggling trying to find work (or to find work that pays well), people in Miami are lucky. Not only is Miami one of the top 12 metropolitan areas in the country, it has also seen above average job growth, higher than statewide average wages, and a seemingly ever-increasing need for individuals in the service industry (handymen and women, couriers, housekeepers and cleaners, groundskeepers, etc.).
This job growth in the Miami area began in 2010 and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. In fact, Miami was one of only nine metropolitan areas in The United States to surpass the national averages for job growth and wage increases last year.
Job Market in Miami Sees Steady Growth
The job market in Miami is undergoing an incredibly stable growth (and has been for years). Official numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show a steady increase in the number of jobs and the amount employers are willing to pay—especially in high-demand areas like Palm Beach.
Available Jobs in Miami Increase
Over the past year employment in every job type in the Miami area has grown (except retail). This means that there are more jobs than ever and more employers looking for qualified individuals.
Number of Eligible Workers Decrease
However, the number of people over the age of 16 that are able to fill those jobs has actually decreased (by 0.4%). This means that employers are struggling a bit to find the help they need.
Perfect Conditions for Work (Especially Freelancers)
These two stats combine paint a picture that’s very promising for individual workers. In fact, the near-perfect conditions mean that people are not only having a much easier time finding work in the Miami area but they’re able to negotiate better pay for their services as well.
The average weekly pay for workers in Miami-Dade increased 1.1% over just the last four months!
Miami Job Growth by the Numbers
While the national employment rate only climbed by 2% this past year, the same rate in the Miami area rose by 2.6%. That may not seem like much but it’s actually a 30% increase over the national average. The three metropolitan areas in the Miami region added over 64,000 jobs since 2014.
- Miami- Miami Beach-Kendall: Up over 23,200 jobs
- Fort Lauderdale- Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach: Added 27,300 jobs
- West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach: With the area’s highest wages, added over 14,000 jobs
And professional and business services (including cleaners, housekeepers, groundskeepers, and maintenance /handymen) saw the second largest increase in the region, growing by 2.9% this past year.
Average Wages in the Miami Area
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that wages in the Miami area are much higher than in other parts of Florida. Below are mean (average) wages by industry in the metropolitan Miami area.
- Cleaning (Housekeeping, Maids, Personal Cleaners): $11.16 per hour or $21k per year
- Handymen (General Maintenance Workers): $17.60 per hour or $32k-$36k per year
- Couriers (including specialized couriers such as Medical Couriers): $16.50 per hour or $30k-$31k per year
Note: SendWork freelancer workers earn substantially more than the average hourly wages above
Miami is a Great Place to Earn a Living and build a Business
If you’re a freelance service professional working in the Miami area, you can take advantage of the high demand for workers, the competitive wages, and the benefits of being a freelancer to carve out a comfortable (and prosperous) career.
You can also have the safety and security of a “traditional” job while still earning a freelance income on the side in your spare time—the best of both worlds. Isn’t it time you took your earning potential into your own hands?