Bradenton ranks 21st best city in Florida for jobs

Bradenton ranked 21st overall in’s Best Cities in Florida for Jobs list.

Sarasota was ranked No. 1 and Miami Gardens was last.

To determine the rankings, the website used 16 different metrics in job market and socionomic environment categories, such as job opportunities, median annual income, industry variety and full time employement.

Here are some other Bradenton rankings out of 130 Florida cities:

  • 6th: Job opportunities.
  • 10th: Social life.
  • 19th: Time spent working and commuting.
  • 21st: Annual transportation costs.
  • 52nd: Median starting salary (adjusted for cost of living).
  • 63rd: Unemployment rate for high school grads.

Emmanuel Hernandez Agosto, assistant professor of business and technology at Gulf Coast State College, said the biggest challenge facing job seekers is a growing population.

“This, in result, tends to lower wages since you can have great candidates willing to work for a little less pay as long as they can get hired,” he said.

Assistant vice president for career services at University of South Florida Russ Coughenour said a common mistake job seekers make is poorly planned job searches, not using the full spectrum of resources.

“Some people use only job boards and don’t use their contacts,” he said. “Others network with their contacts but fail to use technology effectively.”

Hannah Morse: 941-745-7055, @mannahhorse