Florida’s Economic Outlook: July 2023

Each month, economic expert Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D. shares his insights on Florida’s current economic outlook with Deep Blue Investment Advisors. 

“Florida had 34.5% of the nation’s net manufacturing job growth from 2018 to 2022.” 

Florida is known more for its beaches and theme parks than anything else, but there is a strong and growing manufacturing presence here.  According to the latest annual numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 408,290 manufacturing jobs in Florida.  Those jobs range from basic manufacturing to more advanced manufacturing of medical devices, aircraft, electrical equipment, satellites, and spacecraft.  Those manufacturing jobs provide substantial amounts of tax revenues for the state of Florida and the counties where they are located.   

Florida Manufacturing Jobs Are on the Rise 

Between 2018 and 2022, there were 21 states that lost manufacturing jobs.  Florida grew its manufacturing jobs by 36,700 – a 9.9 percent increase.  Compare that to the U.S. growth rate of only 0.8 percent.  Florida had 34.5 percent of the nation’s net manufacturing job growth during that time period.  

The map below shows the number of manufacturing jobs in each Florida county.  Hamilton County’s manufacturing job numbers are not shown in the data due to privacy concerns.  


the number of manufacturing jobs in each Florida county
The number of manufacturing jobs in Florida by county

Miami-Dade Leads Florida Counties in Manufacturing Jobs

People are often surprised when they find out that Miami-Dade County has more manufacturing jobs than any other county in Florida.  They are also surprised that many of the counties with the most manufacturing jobs are also the most highly populated.  The counties that follow Miami-Dade in manufacturing jobs numbers are Orange, Pinellas, Brevard, Hillsborough, Broward, and Duval Counties.  However, manufacturing is also important in Florida’s rural areas.  Some counties in Florida have as much as 30 percent of their private-sector jobs in manufacturing.  

Higher Pay Could Explain Job Growth

Another interesting thing is the average pay for manufacturing jobs.  In most cases, manufacturing pays more than the average job.  Florida’s average annual wage in manufacturing was $74,590 – more than 18 percent higher than the $63,645 average for all private-sector jobs in Florida. The below map shows the average manufacturing wage by county in 2022. 

the average manufacturing wage by county in 2022
Florida’s average manufacturing wage by county in 2022

The highest average manufacturing wage is  in Brevard County at $102,772.  St. Johns County comes in next at $87,463, with Palm Beach and Orange Counties are also above $80,000.  Another 11 Florida counties have average manufacturing wages higher than $70,000.  

Jerry D. Parrish, PhD.

Economic Outlook is written by Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D. Dr. Parrish is the Chief Economist and Direct of State and Local Policy Analysis at the Institute of Government at Florida State University.

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