Florida among top five states for app economy jobs


Florida ranked in the top five for app economy gigs — like driving for Uber or acting as a service worker for user-based platforms — in a report published Wednesday by the Progressive. Policy Institute (PPI), whose mission is to “create radically pragmatic solutions”. ideas to get America out of the ideological and partisan impasse.

The report says the United States is home to more than 2.5 million app economy jobs nationwide, including 129,000 in Florida. Florida’s bustling metropolitan areas benefit from using ride-sharing companies like Lyft or food delivery services like GrubHub.

Miami, which has earned a reputation as a booming tech hub, has benefited greatly from the emergence of app economies. Caribu, a family video calling app, has been highlighted by Apple for the new jobs the company is creating while boosting the local economy.

“This growth has been experienced by companies large and small, including the Caribu team in Miami, Florida,” the tech giant said. “Caribu is an app that enables immersive and activity-rich video calls, allowing families and friends to stay close even from afar. Participants can draw together, read bedtime stories, solve puzzles, cook and even visit real-time museums – connections that have become even more important in recent months. Caribu co-founders Maxeme Tuchman and Alvaro Sabido saw their business take off this spring as people looked for new ways to stay connected. Responding to the tenfold increase in the number of customers worldwide, the Caribu team has tripled in size.

In a “chicken or egg” scenario, Florida also added more tech companies than any other state in 2021, increasing the presence of app-based services across the state.

Driven by rising prices and unfavorable tax regulations, tech companies have flocked to the Sunshine State, landing in cities like Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. Florida added 2,715 tech companies last year, outpacing well-known tech hubs like California and North Carolina, according to a study by IT trade associate CompTIA.

“On a numerical basis, Florida had the largest year-over-year increase in net number of new technology business establishments (+2,715),” the report said. “Texas, California, Colorado and Massachusetts round out the top five for new tech business establishments. On a percentage change basis, Vermont saw the largest increase at 11.6%, followed by Idaho, Nebraska, Montana and Tennessee.

Florida also ranked second among the top states in terms of net increase in tech employment, with 10,522 new jobs created, just behind Texas with 10,851. The influx of tech companies and workers has occurred alongside a population boom in Florida and Texas.

Florida’s tech boom has also led companies based outside the Sunshine State to seek employees in and around Florida’s largest urban centers.

“Stride Health, a small benefits company based in San Francisco and focused on freelancers, was looking for a Senior iOS Application Engineer in Florida for remote work. Vyvo, a digital health company founded in 2019, was looking for an Android and iOS developer in Miami, Florida,” notes the PPI report, also adding that “entertainment, sports and gambling are increasingly responding to App Economy workers. Disney Cruise Lines, based in Orlando, Florida, was looking for a Senior iOS Software Engineer.

The increased reliance of various sectors on app economy workers could work well for Floridians given the state’s adoption of fiber-optic internet in cities like Jacksonville and Tallahassee, as well as the extensive coverage of state Internet connectivity even in rural areas.

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