Study: Tampa way behind other cities in job growth

9:20 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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USF grads wondering where they'll have to move to find jobs



Tampa, Florida - Thousands of students will graduate from the University of South Florida this weekend, but many of them may have to pack their bags in order to find a job.

A new report from job website ranks Tampa next to last among 25 U.S. cities when it comes to new job postings in the first part of 2012.

San Jose, Washington D.C., Raleigh, Hartford, and Baltimore all ranked ahead of Tampa.

It's not surprising to new USF grad Jared Siegel, who is taking his Geography degree to New Jersey.

Not because he wants to move up North, but because he couldn't find a job in the Tampa Bay area.

"I like Tampa. I like everything about it," Siegel explained, "I built my life here for the past four years. So it's just upsetting to leave."

Sommer Ulbrich is having the same struggle.

"I've definitely noticed that there's not as many opportunities as I would have expected to be out there. It's definitely a difficult time right now," she said.

Only Nashville ranked below Tampa in the study.

San Jose posted three times as many jobs as Tampa.

"I grew up in Tampa and if it was possible I would stay here, but wherever the jobs are I'm willing to go," Ulbrich said.

On the bright side, a report shows in February Tampa ranked slightly ahead of both state and national average in job creation, but overall the Bay Area still lags behind other markets.

Siegel says improving transportation would help keep more young professionals.

"There's train, bus. There's everything up there. It's just so easy to get around," he said of the New Jersey area.

It's just one reason he, and many others from USF, will be stepping off the graduation stage and onto a moving truck.

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