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Florida - Employment

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One of the main industries in Florida in recent years has been real estate and property development. Those who are experienced in these areas will find that there are many opportunities to start their own businesses. The increase in tourism to the state means that there are also opportunities working in the hotel industry. These jobs are much sought after and there is always a great deal of competition. The state has a fairly high rate of unemployment at almost 12%.

There are several other industries that employ large numbers of people in Florida. These include the phosphate mining industry, located in the Bone Valley. This industry supplies markets all over the world and there are opportunities for skilled professionals. The aerospace industry is also continuing to grow and suitably qualified workers are always in demand. Some companies are international and may be able to arrange internal transfers, so making it easier for workers to obtain a work permit

Expats also find jobs in offices, schools and call centres. Others may work as translators. Others may choose to use their expat experience to their advantage by blogging or writing articles or by offering their advice and services to other expats for a living.

Some expats may choose to work for a temporary agency; many of these temporary jobs can lead to full-time employment with a company.

There are several useful job search web sites where you can search for jobs and careers or post your CV. These include monster.com, Yahoo! HotJobs, and CareerBuilder.com. Some Florida-specific job search web sites include Florida Jobs, Employ Florida Marketplace and JOBcentral.

Florida has many employment agencies, including Adecco, Manpower and several local agencies.

Florida's Agency for Workforce Innovation, MyFlorida.com, and State of Florida.com's Florida Employment Guide are all good resources for job-seekers. Each of these web sites contains information about Florida employment law, minimum wage, unemployment, etc., and they have a job search function. The U.S. Department of Labor's web site also has valuable information about employment in America.

Some expats may choose to create their own career opportunities by setting up a business or becoming self-employed.

Florida Small Business is a good resource for those wishing to start up their own business and includes information on how to prepare a business plan, how to market your business, health insurance, taxes, and much more. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is designed to help Florida's business community.

Self-employed individuals are responsible for paying their own taxes and planning for retirement. For information on how to register as self-employed, as well as tax regulations, visit the Self-Employment Resources and Services page on USA.gov.

Due to Florida's large international population, speaking a language other than English (especially Spanish) can be a real advantage when seeking employment in Florida, particularly if you are seeking employment within the service industry.

For more information on employment in the US, please refer to the Employment section of the USA Country Guide.

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