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I'm moving to Sarasota and Need to Find a Job!

Securing Employment upon your Sarasota Move

If you're moving to Sarasota and you're not retired, there's a good chance you'll need to find employment. Our local economy has been very strong in recent years with an unemployment rate around 3%. The sectors which drive the Sarasota economy are tourism and hospitality, medical and healthcare and real estate as our city is booming with new home construction just about everywhere you look. For your convenience, I've listed the largest Sarasota County employers below as well as our top employers by industry.

Getting a Job as a non-Florida Resident

People often ask about the best way to secure a job in Sarasota while still living outside the state. Do Sarasota employers give preference to local candidates? Should I move there first? Should I secure the job before moving to Sarasota? These are all questions I am commonly asked. My best response is to let employers know that you're in the process of moving to the area and that you'll be in town to interview in person on certain days, and fully available for phone and/or skype inteviews while still living out of state. Let employers know your targeted move date as they most often have a start date associated with their position. If you're a qualified candidate and have the skills they are seeking, they will work with you to make it happen!

Sarasota County - Largest Employers

#
Employer Name
Employees
Industry
1.
5,070
Public Education
2.
3,024
Health Care
3.
2,677
Grocery Store
4.
2,079
Manufacturer - Windows & Doors
5.
2,027
County Government
7.
837
Not-for-Profit Retailer
8.
683
Manufacturer - Hydraulic Valves
9.
679
Manufacturer - Cups
10.
619
City Government
11.
575
Health Care
12.
530
Municipality
13.
471
Hospital
14.
444
Hotel And Resort
15.
440
Manufacturer
16.
405
Business Support
17.
402
Insurance
18.
330
College
19.
330
Customer Service
20.
319
Hospital

Source: EDC of Sarasota County & Sarasota Community Foundation, 2016
Sarasota's top companies in various industries including healthcare, technology, manufacturing and business solutions.

Sarasota County - Top Medical & Healthcare Companies

#
Employer Name
Location
1.
South of Sowntown SRQ
2.
I-75 & Bee Ridge
3.
Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota County - Top Technology Companies

#
Employer Name
Location
1.
I-75 and Fruitville
2.
I-75 & University Pkwy
3.
Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota County - Top Manufacturing Companies

#
Employer Name
Location
1.
By Sarasota Airport
2.
I-75 & Laurel Road
3.
I-75 & Laurel Road

Sarasota County - Top Business Solution Companies

#
Employer Name
Location
1.
Downtown Sarasota
2.
Lakewood Ranch
3.
I-75 & Fruitville

Sarasota County Unemployment Rate