Like many other cities in the U.S., Tampa was hit hard during the recent recession, leaving thousands unemployed and seeing real estate prices drop. But now, Tampa's economy is back to where it was before the recession.
Tampa was named the third best city in the U.S. to find a job this year, according to a report by WalletHub.
In the report, they say 2014 is expected to be a strong year for hiring, with 27 percent of employers planning to hire, according to the National Association for Business Economics, and a projected 8 percent increase in the number of recent college graduates who land jobs, per the National Association for Colleges and Employers.
As an advocate for the health of consumers’ wallets, WalletHub says they "decided to analyze the relative employment opportunities in the 60 largest U.S. cities in order to give people a sense of where on the map the strongest job markets and greatest prospects for long-term financial security can be found."
They say, "We did so using 13 unique metrics, ranging from job openings per capita and industry variety to cost of living and the prevalence of employer-provided health benefits."
According to WalletHub, only 11 major U.S. cities have fewer employees per capita living below the poverty line. Their report says Tampa’s workforce is also the 8th best paid, when cost of living is taken into account, and also benefits from the 9th most diverse industrial mix.