Employment & Working in Florida

Relocating to Florida – finding work in Florida

Unemployment rates are currently low in the sunshine state but finding work in Florida may still prove difficult. There are jobs available throughout Florida but there is also a very competitive labour market and you should bear this in mind before buying Florida property. It is advisable to secure employment before relocating to Florida if possible.

Finding work in Florida after buying Florida property
If you are relocating to Florida with the intention of finding employment you should be aware that working hours tend to be longer and holidays shorter in the US. However, if you plan on buying Florida property there are generous tax allowances and advantages for your mortgage available if you are successful in finding work in Florida.
Your biggest barrier to finding work in Florida may be the strictly managed system of immigration of in the US. Visas are granted for those setting up a business in Florida more or less automatically.

Work available for those relocating to Florida
The economy of Florida is very much a service-based economy and relies heavily on tourism and the resultant boom in Florida property. There is not a great deal of manufacturing jobs available and those relocating to Florida may be surprised by how many Floridians are self-employed. Retail, construction and healthcare jobs are the most commonly available posts to those hopeful of finding work in Florida.

Because such a high proportion of the population of Florida is retired, the economy tends to be focused towards their needs and outwith the service sector there are few opportunities. You are certainly better off finding a job before relocating to Florida and buying Florida property.

Ways of finding work in Florida
Local newspapers and websites offer you the best chance of finding work in Florida. Before deciding on relocating to Florida you should get online and see for yourself what jobs are out there. There is a multitude of websites dedicated to advertising vacancies in Florida and more and more companies are advertising opportunities on their own Internet pages.

The easiest way of finding work in Florida is to be proactive. Read Florida newspapers to find out the names of companies and go to their websites to see if they have any vacancies. If not, write or email them.

Unemployed after relocating to Florida
If you were successful in finding work in Florida with a US employer then you will most likely be require to start making payments to the US social security system. This may entitle you to unemployment insurance if you become unemployed after buying Florida property and moving to the sunshine state. You will not be able to claim local benefits immediately after relocating to Florida.