Florida cities rank below average in science jobs

ORLANDO — Florida's largest metropolitan areas rank below the national average in having science and engineering jobs.

New figures released by the U.S. Census Monday show that Florida's four largest metro areas were below the national average of 6.2 percent of the nation's workforce.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area had one of the lowest rates of science workers in the nation's largest cities — only 3.8 percent of the workforce.

Tampa had Florida's highest rate. Just over 6 percent of the jobs in metro Tampa's labor market are in science or engineering, just below the national average.

The rate for Jacksonville was 5.5 percent. It was 4.9 percent for metro Orlando.

Another Census survey that includes smaller cities puts Gainesville and the Space Coast at the top of the list in Florida.

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