Florida Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 717,635 employers, up 5.5% from 680,262
  • 8,853,708 employees, up 2.2% from 8,660,800
  • $1,015 average weekly wage, up 2.7% from $988
  • The average weekly wage is 14.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.1% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 37,373, which is an increase of 5.5%. The number of employees in Florida increased by 192,908, an increase of 2.2%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $27, an increase of 2.7%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 37,342 or 5.5%. Growth in private businesses in Florida grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 185,542 or 2.5%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Florida was faster than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $29 or 3.0%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Florida grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 15.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 4.9%. Retail trade (11.4%), which increased by 0.8% and Construction (10.3%), which increased by 7.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Utilities838.9%
Waste services4,4398.6%
Construction5,1267.4%
Educational services5817.0%
Information7096.4%
Transport and warehousing1,0126.0%
Real estate and rental2,1935.7%
Company management2735.7%
Arts and entertainment5465.2%
Professional services4,9814.9%
Accommodation and food services1,8974.2%
Finance and insurance1,3433.9%
Healthcare2,3603.6%
Other services1,6893.1%
Manufacturing4212.1%
Agriculture and forestry931.9%
Wholesale trade7341.8%
Mining and oil extraction51.2%
Retail trade6230.8%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.5% in the last year. Retail trade (12.5%), decreased by 1.6% and Accommodation and food services (11.5%), increased by 2.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing40,26615.0%
Company management9,6199.1%
Construction29,3455.6%
Real estate and rental8,4164.5%
Professional services22,7684.1%
Manufacturing13,4183.7%
Arts and entertainment6,7902.9%
Accommodation and food services25,6352.6%
Educational services4,1662.5%
Healthcare28,0902.5%
Wholesale trade7,5612.2%
Mining and oil extraction802.0%
Finance and insurance5,9051.6%
Other services3,3751.2%
Information-201-0.2%
Waste services-2,320-0.3%
Retail trade-17,797-1.6%
Utilities-390-1.7%
Agriculture and forestry-3,517-4.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,687per week compared with the state average of $1,010. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $9 or 0.3%. Utilities ($2,236), declined by $161 or 6.7% and Finance and insurance ($2,081) increased by $22 or 1.1% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Information$1317.5%
Wholesale trade$885.7%
Other services$324.6%
Manufacturing$514.1%
Educational services$263.3%
Waste services$243.2%
Professional services$463.2%
Real estate and rental$262.6%
Arts and entertainment$182.5%
Retail trade$142.3%
Accommodation and food services$102.2%
Agriculture and forestry$132.2%
Healthcare$212.1%
Construction$151.5%
Finance and insurance$221.1%
Company management$-9-0.3%
Mining and oil extraction$-7-0.5%
Transport and warehousing$-20-1.8%
Utilities$-161-6.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Florida. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.2% of the businesses in the state (with 37,383 employing 758,989 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 1,423 more businesses, an increase of 4.0% in the last year. Management consulting services (3.6% of businesses) added 1,361 businesses, an increase of 5.6% and Offices of physicians (2.8% of businesses) added 539 businesses, an increase of 2.7% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Dry pea and bean farming2100.0%
Temporary help services2,56745.5%
Distilleries1033.3%
Major household appliance manufacturing433.3%
Other metal ore mining228.6%
Heavy duty truck manufacturing228.6%
Pesticide and other ag. chemical mfg.728.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Temporary help services2,56745.5%
Restaurants and other eating places1,4234.0%
Management consulting services1,3615.6%
Residential building construction1,2729.2%
Computer systems design and related services1,2298.4%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1,1467.6%
Private households8056.7%


Employees by Industry

Management consulting services (3.6% of employees) added 1,361 employees, an increase of 5.6% and Offices of physicians (2.8% ofemployees) added 539 employees, an increase of 2.7% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Casino hotels645508.7%
Other metal ore mining159104.7%
General warehousing and storage19,96261.9%
Local messengers and local delivery2,16043.8%
Industrial design services16537.4%
Motor vehicle gasoline engine and parts mfg.12230.8%
Turbine and power transmission equipment mfg.73830.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General warehousing and storage19,96261.9%
Restaurants and other eating places18,0942.5%
Management of companies and enterprises9,6199.1%
Offices of physicians7,6863.6%
Computer systems design and related services7,0177.4%
Commercial banking6,8419.4%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels5,7103.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Management consulting services ($4) and Offices of physicians ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Management consulting services ($4 per week) were paid $1,361 more per week, an increase of 5.6% and Offices of physicians ($3 per week) were paid $539 more per week, an increase of 2.7% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Wine and spirit merchant wholesalers$1,80682.2%
Tobacco manufacturing$2,08771.2%
Credit bureaus$1,59770.2%
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$88657.3%
Men's and boys' clothing merchant wholesalers$62052.2%
Industrial gas manufacturing$80748.1%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$47744.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Tobacco manufacturing$2,08771.2%
Wine and spirit merchant wholesalers$1,80682.2%
Credit bureaus$1,59770.2%
Commodity contracts brokerage$96911.2%
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$88657.3%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing$85635.5%
Industrial gas manufacturing$80748.1%


Company Size

Florida Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Florida by far. 66.7% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 684,825 small businesses in the state represent 96.2% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Florida added 37,342 businesses in the last year, an increase of 5.5% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 36,913 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 5.7% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 408 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 21 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Florida Employees by Business Size

Florida added 556,627 employees in the last year, an increase of 7.7% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 249,852 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 57.4% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 168,867 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 6.0% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 137,908 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 13.0% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Florida Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Florida (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 2.6% more than the national average ($1,032 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Florida (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 60.6% workers below the national average ($1,191 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $123 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $37 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.2% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $88 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 3.7% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Data Sources




About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.