Lower Keys Employment

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Our local economy leans towards goods and services for both new residents and tourists.The retail, construction and hotel industries have the most employees in Monroe County.
Business Size
Monroe County is comprised of primarily small businesses.
Since there is no state or local income tax, you take home more.

Employment: The good news.  Key West has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
Why? Key West is one of the most popular destination points in the world for Divers, Boaters, Fishermen and people looking to get out of the bad weather and enjoy our water and the unique ambiance of Key West and the neighboring islands

So What. In addition to people flying and driving in, on average we get two to three Cruise ships from all over the world each day. This has spurred a growth which includes more hotels, condos, and restaurants, charters, etc. Obviously all these new startups plus all the existing ones need people.

So. The bad news for an Employer!
Employers have a hard time finding full time or year round employees. Instead they get people looking to work summers or to pay for extended vacations. Now there is nothing wrong with this and in some cases this is what they want however in most cases they would like to find steady year round help and offer full benefits.

The good news for you.
If you are looking for a steady job, have your own transportation and a good work ethic (will show up) there are lots of jobs to be had. For instance in the building, remodeling trade contractors have a very hard time getting reliable help. Some of these jobs start at $15.00 per hour. In general retail jobs start at $8.00 and quickly go to $10.00 and more with commissions.

Sound too good to be true. Remember this is a resort area, which has a unique and completely different makeup than the rest of the country or world. Kind of like Aspen except that we get tourists year round!

Lower Florida Keys- Key West Employment Agencies
Paradise Staffing Solutions, 600 Whitehead St.....(305) 292-7664
South Florida Workforce.....(305) 292-6762

To look for jobs in the classifieds go to  www.keysjobs.com or www.keynoter.com
Some statistics:
• Construction 5.3%       
• Education & Health Services 7.6%       
• Financial Activities 5.5%        
• Information 1.3%        
• Leisure & Hospitality 33.2%  
• Manufacturing 0.8%    
• Natural Resources & Mining    0.4%
• Other Services 3.5%    
• Professional & Business Services 8.2%     
• Public administration     8.8%
• Trade, Transportation and Utilities 17.7%

Average Annual Wage
(2010)
All Industries $37,630
Construction $35,471
Education & Health Services $43,155
Financial Activities $41,861
Information $50,021
Leisure & Hospitality $28,797
Manufacturing $46,503
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Other Services $32,393
Professional & Business Services $53,726
Public administration $53,565
Trade, Transportation and Utilities$30,630

The areas top employers as of September 2004 per the Enterprise Florida site at http://www.eflorida.com/profiles/CountyReport.asp?
CountyID=25&Display=all

• Monroe County
• Business Line: County Government
• Number of Employees..................................................... 700 
• HMA
• Business Line: Hospital
• Number of Employees..................................................... 600
• Monroe County Sheriff's Office
• Business Line: Law Enforcement
• Number of Employees..................................................... 561
• City of Key West
• Business Line: City Government
• Number of Employees..................................................... 500
• HTA
• Business Line: Tourist Attraction & Retail Company
• Number of Employees..................................................... 300
• FKAA
• Business Line: County Water Comany
• Number of Employees..................................................... 258
• Florida Keys Community College
• Business Line: Education
• Number of Employees..................................................... 225

Private employers 2010
Kmart
Business Line: Retail
Number of Employees..................................................... 750

HMA (Fishermen's and Lower Keys Memorial)
Business Line: Hospitals
Number of Employees..................................................... 600

Baptist (Mariner's Hospital)
Business Line: Hospital
Number of Employees..................................................... 500

HTA
Business Line: Tourist Attraction & Retail Company
Number of Employees..................................................... 300

Hawks Cay Resort
Business Line: Resort
Number of Employees..................................................... 295

Publix
Business Line: Retail Grocer
Number of Employees..................................................... 280

FKAA
Business Line: County Water Comany
Number of Employees..................................................... 258

Florida Keys Community College
Business Line: Education
Number of Employees..................................................... 225

Winn Dixie
Business Line: Retail Grocer
Number of Employees..................................................... 195

Singh Resorts
Business Line: Resort
Number of Employees..................................................... 185

Additional resources for demographic information include:
• Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida (BEBR)
http://www.bebr.ufl.edu/
• U.S Census Bureau
http://www.census.gov
• Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation – Labor Market Information
http://www.labormarketinfo.com

State jobs http://dms.myflorida.com

In conclusion, its not New York, but you're living in a tropical paradise and you're still in the United States.