Crunching Numbers

By Hannah Wallace November 30, 2004

Sarasota-Manatee's employment growth between 1980 and 2001: 113 percent.

Average annual salary for all occupations in the Sarasota and Bradenton metropolitan area: $29,490.

Number of service-based positions gained in Sarasota-Manatee since 1984: 120,000.

Number of manufacturing, finance and real estate jobs gained in Sarasota over the same period: 9,000.

Number of jobs that paid enough in 2002 to support only a single working adult: 92 percent in Manatee, 89 percent in Sarasota.

Local unemployment rate: 3 percent.

Statewide unemployment rate: just under 5 percent.

National unemployment rate: 5.6 percent.

Who earns the least? Food service and hospitality workers, average $15,235.

Average salary for construction workers: $34,500; percentage of Sarasota workforce: 14.

Average salary for professional, scientific and technical service workers: $46,000; percentage of Sarasota workforce: 13.

Workers posting the largest salary increase: Arts and entertainment, 26 percent; largest salary decrease: Transportation and warehousing, 17 percent.

Amount of transportation jobs lost in Sarasota between 2002 and 2003: 40 percent.

Average management salary decrease between 2002 and 2003: 16 percent.

Amount that management positions grew between 2002 and 2003: 25 percent.

Sources: Suncoast Workforce Board, Inc., U.S. Department of Labor, Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation

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