“We’re continuing to see improvement in Tampa Bay’s employment numbers, building upon the growth seen in the last scorecard and moving the region’s job creation ranking from fourth to second,” Bill Johnson, vice president of Coca-Cola Refreshments and chairman of the Partnership’s scorecard initiative said in a statement. “This shows that we are moving in the right direction, but need to ramp up the momentum in innovation, employment, income and productivity.”
Tampa Bay remains in fifth place among six similar regions in a semi-annual economic performance scorecard released Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Partnership .
The bright spot: the Tampa Bay region added 15,500 jobs from the third quarter of 2010 to the third quarter of 2011, the largest increase since the September 2007 scorecard.
Top-ranked Dallas added nearly 66,000 jobs during the same period and had an unemployment rate of 8.44 percent, compared to 11.16 percent in eight-county Tampa Bay area.
Tampa Bay recorded an absolute annual wage of $39,922 – an increase from the $39,467 reported in the previous scorecard, but last among the six regions and the only one below $40,000.
The scorecard measures the six economic driver categories of employment and work force: income and productivity; housing; innovation; education; and transportation; and compares the region’s economic performance against Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Jacksonville, and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
While the overall indicator ranking remains low, there are some bright spots in this edition of the scorecard including improved rankings in the categories of employment and work force, income and productivity, and transportation.
Adapted from the Tampa Bay Business Journal Online | Originally posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | Read the entire article here.