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Marlene Silva, Home Buyer in 06604

how is the job situation in cape coral fl?

Asked by Marlene Silva, 06604 Tue Jan 25, 2011

We bought a second home in Cape Coral a year ago, with the intention of hopefully moving there in a couple of years. Although I will be able to retire early from my present job on my 401K, I would like to perhaps work part-time to suppelment income. How has the job market been, especially in the medical field?

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The potential worst case scenario, you will have to commute, Marlene. The medical field, as indicated below, has been a consistent job source in Lee County, Florida. There was article posted today in the News-Press that mentions more opportunity for the medical field. I attached it below. As Danielle mentioned, the new VA hospital will have an incredible impact in Cape Coral. Cape Coral has also developed incentives to attract more medical opportunities to the City. In any case, the medical field is WIDE open in Lee County. I really like Bill's answer (from Sarasota), too. Welcome to Cape Coral!

Here is the article in the News-Press…
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I have been in the medical field for many years. We reccently moved to Cape Coral from Sarasota, FL. I have never had such a terrible experience trying to find employment. I have a great resume with wonderful references however, that doesn't seem to matter when you are competing with anywhere from 200-500 applicants that are willing to work at barely above minimum wage. Good luck with your search!
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You couldn't be in a better field for this area...but we would strongly recommend investing in a visit for the expressed purpose of exploring work opportunities prior to making a decision.

One of our recent buyers did this and had 2 very quick job offers and a pay increase. Minimize the stress of making this kind of life changing event by testing the waters first.

Good luck,

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In December 2010 Bureau of Labor Report, Florida (12%) has the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the country trailing only Nevada and California.

Here locally, Lee County unemployment rate in December 2010 was 12.5% and the 13th highest in Florida. The medical field has shown the most promise here in Southwest Florida and should continue to show employment growth based on the age demographics of our region.
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great answers below by some Cape specialists. Medical is the field you would want to be in.
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Cape Coral was originally set up as a bedroom community with the intent to cater to mainly seasonal occupants. As the city has evolved, needs have changed. The majority of jobs are across the river in Ft Myers and surrounding areas although city council has made job creation a major focus for 2011. Medical has been the most stable industry here as well as the only industry to post small steady gains. The new VA hospital is anticipated to be completed in Nov of this year and there has been a lot of interest in developing what is now known as the "Veteran's Zone". The area directly around the new hospital is being developed to include more medical facilities, shopping, dining and a potential hotel.

Check out my website for articles about progress and potential plans.

Have a great day!

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I have a friend who works at the Cape Coral hostpital I mught be able to have you network with.

We have high unemployment, mainly due to the loss of the construction jobs. However, this area is picking up and we appear to be on the road to a full recovery.

Drake Bliss, REALTOR, MBA
Aterra Realty Associates, LLC
Licensed in Florida
Cell: 239-910-1948
Fax: 239-549-4099
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Here is an update on the jobs situation in Lee County. (It's better than last year and predicted to keep improving)
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