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Miami / Ft. Lauderdale is the state's top cybercity

Check out my story today on where Florida ranks in the tech industry. As a state we're No. 4, but a report from the AeA has us as the second-fastest growing cyberstate, when they take into account high-tech employment, wages, payroll and establishments.

The South Florida area (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) ranks top in the state according to the report, even though this area only added about 50 jobs between 2004 and 2005. But we have about 75,300 tech industry workers here (as of 2005 data). Orlando is another huge tech hub, and it added the most tech jobs in the state with 2,500 new jobs.

There's much debate about how true these rankings are on the story's comments, and there are some interesting points being made. But keep in mind all the data is based off numbers from 2005, which is the most recent data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I imagine things can be feeling different now in the industry compared to the statistics from two years ago.

Top 10 Florida Cybercities by Employment

Rank

State

2004

2005

Change

Change

Florida

265,500

276,400

+4%

+10,900

1.

Miami/Fort Lauderdale

75,200

75,300

+0%

+50

2.

Tampa/St. Petersburg

53,800

55,900

+4%

     +2,100

3.

Orlando

40,200

42,600

+6%

+2,500

4.

Palm Bay/Melbourne

20,000

20,900

+5%

+900

5.

Jacksonville

16,200

18,200

+12%

+2,000

6.

Tallahassee

5,400

5,900

+10%

+500

7.

Sarasota

5,000

5,300

+7%

+400

8.

Fort Walton Beach

3,600

4,600

+26%

+900

9.

Cape Coral/Fort Myers

4,200

4,400

+6%

+200

10.

Deltona/Daytona Beach

3,900

3,300

-15%

-600

Top 10 Florida Cybercities by Wage Differential (2005)

Rank

State

High Tech Wages

Private Sector Wages

Wage Differential

Florida

$61,100

$36,100

70%

1.

Fort Walton Beach

$61,900

$30,800

101%

2.

Sarasota

$62,600

$33,100

89%

3.

Tallahassee

$55,600

$31,500

76%

4.

Orlando

$63,600

$36,200

76%

5.

Palm Bay/Melbourne

$65,800

$37,800

74%

6.

Tampa/St. Petersburg

$60,800

$35,800

70%

7.

Jacksonville

$61,900

$37,500

65%

8.

Miami/Fort Lauderdale

$61,600

$39,200

57%

9.

Deltona/Daytona Beach

$44,800

$28,800

56%

10.

Cape Coral/Fort Myers

$51,300

$34,700

48%

Source: Florida Cybercities 2007

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