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Largest Employers by County on the Florida Suncoast

This page has been created as resource to display (and easily locate) the largest employers in the eight county region of the Florida Suncoast (Tampa - Naples). The below data includes both private and public employers, as well as non-profit organizations.


Largest Suncoast Employers

When looking at the number of employees for the largest companies / employers here on the Suncoast, we can quickly see some repetitive data patterns. We can clearly see that the school districts, city and county governments for each respective county are typically the largest employers with upwards of 10,000 employees. We can also clearly see that the largest employers comprise the educational, public service and municipal government sectors. Other large employers also comprised the manufacturing, healthcare, retail or grocery sectors. Examples of large manufacturing employers included PGT Industries & Tropicana Products. Large Healthcare employers included Morton Plant Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care. Large retail employers include Wal-Mart and Bealls. And last, but not least, large grocery employers include Publix and Sweetbay Supermarkets.

Five Largest Suncoast Employers

# Employer Name Employees County
1. School District of Hillsborough County 25,473 Hillsborough
2. Publix Supermarkets 15,449 All Counties
3. Pinellas County School District 13,905 Pinellas
4. MacDill Airforce Base 12,000 Hillsborough
5. Hillsborough County Government 10,600 Hillsborough

* Employee count based upon local Chamber and EDC data listed below.

Pinellas County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Pinellas County School District 13,905 Public Education
2. Home Shopping Club 4,000 Retail Services
3. Pinellas County Government 4,000 City Government
4. City of St. Petersburg 3,500 City Government
5. Times Publishing Corp. 3,187 Print & Media
6. Raymond James and Associates 3,022 Financial Services
7. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 2,800 City Government
8. Nielsen Media Research, Inc. 2,669 Market Research / Public Opinion
9. Morton Plant Hospital 2,448 Medical / Healthcare
10. Bay Pines VA Medical Center 2,330 Medical / Healthcare
11. Raytheon 2,200 Manufacturing
12. All Children's Health System, Inc. 2,000 Medical / Healthcare
13. Bayfront Medical Center, Inc. 2,000 Medical / Healthcare
14. Florida Progress Corp. 1,870 Utility
15. Tech Data Corp. 1,800 Computer and Software
16. Honeywell, Inc. 1,800 Technology
17. Jabil Circuit Co. 1,630 Manufacturer - Circuit Boards
18. Special Data Processing, Inc. 1,600 Telemarketing
19. Essilor of America 1,397 Ophthalmic Goods
20. Western Reserve Life Assurance 1,200 Insurance

Source: Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2009

Pinellas County Municipalities: Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island

Hillsborough County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. School District of Hillsborough County 25,473 Education Services
2. MacDill Airforce Base 12,000 Public Administration
3. Hillsborough County Government 10,600 Public Administration
4. University of South Florida 9,000 Educational Services
5. Tampa International Airport 7,500 Air Transportation
6. Publix Supermarkets 6,086 Grocery Store
7. Tampa General Hospital 6,000 Healthcare & Social Assistance
8. JPMorgan Chase & Co. 4,733 Finance & Insurance
9. Busch Gardens 3,750 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
10. St. Joseph's Hospital 3,501 Healthcare & Social Assistance
11. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 3,218 Healthcare & Social Assistance
12. Citi 2,900 Finance & Insurance
13. Sweetbay Supermarkets 2,834 Grocery Store
14. TECO Energy 2,728 Utility
15. Caspers Company 2,470 Accommodation and Food Services
16. Hillsborough Community College 2,454 Educational Services
17. Pricewaterhouse Coopers 2,200 Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
18. Humana 2,012 Healthcare & Social Assistance
19. Progressive Insurance 2,000 Finance & Insurance
20. USAA 1,628 Finance & Insurance

Tampa Hillsborough EDC Research, Feb 2011

Hillsborough County Municipalities: Apollo Beach, Balm, Bloomingdale, Boyette, Brandon, Carrollwood, Carrollwood Village, Cheval, Citrus Park, Citrus Park, Clair-Mel City, Dover, Drew Park, East Lake, Egypt Lake, Fish Hawk, Gary, Gibsonton, Keystone, Lake Magdalene, Leto, Lutz, Mango, Northdale, Orient Park, Palm River, Pebble Creek, Plant City, Port Tampa, Progress Village, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Sulphur Springs, Sun City Center, Tampa, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Town 'n' Country, Valrico, West Park, West Tampa, Westchase, Wimauma, Ybor City

Manatee County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Manatee County School District 5,300 Public Education
2. Beall's Inc. 4,000 City Government
3. Manatee County Government 1,644 City Government
4. Manatee Memorial Hospital 1,400 Hospital
5. Tropicana Products, Inc. 1,300 Beverages
6. Blake Medical Center 1,156 Hospital
7. Manatee County Sheriff's Dept 1,034 Law Enforcement
8. Publix 839 Grocery store
9. SCF Manatee 485 Post-Secondary Education
10. Hoveround Corp. 484 Power Wheelchairs
11. City of Bradenton 471 City Government
12. Pierce Manufacturing 441 Manufacturer - Equipment
13. IMG Academies 395 Sports Training
14. SYSCO West Coast Florida, Inc. 370 Food Distribution
15. Manatee Glens 379 Mental Health Provider / Crisis Center

Source: Manatee Economic Development Council, April 2011

Manatee County Municipalities: City of Anna Maria, City of Bradenton, City of Bradenton Beach, City of Holmes Beach, Town of Longboat Key, City of Palmetto, Bayshore Gardens, Cortez, Ellenton, Memphis, Samoset, South Bradenton, West Bradenton, West Samoset, Whitfield

Sarasota County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. School Board of Sarasota County 5,070 Public Education
2. Sarasota Memorial Health Care 3,024 Health Care
3. Sarasota County 2,027 Municipality
4. Publix Supermakets, Inc. 1,519 Grocery Store
5. Venice Regional Medical Center 871 Hospital
6. PGT Industries 680 Manufacturing - Windows & Doors
7. FCCI Insurance Group 680 Insurance
8. City of Sarasota 619 Municipality
9. Sun Hydraulics Corporation 590 Manufacturing - Hydraulic Cartridge Valves
10. City of North Port 530 Municipality
11. Comcast Cablevision 529 Cable Service Provider
12. Sunset Automotive Group 525 Automobile Retailer
13. Goodwill Industries 503 Not-for-Profit Retailer
14. Longboat Key Club & Resort 480 Hotel And Resort
15. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 471 Hospital
16. The Ritz-Carlton of Sarasota 444 Hotel And Resort
17. Protocol Global Solutions 440 Marketing Firm
19. Tervis Tumbler 407 Manufacturer - Insulated Plastic Tumbler
19. Pines of Sarasota 331 Not-for-Profit Nursing & Assisted Living
20. Englewood Community Hospital 319 Hospital

Source: Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, 2011

Sarasota County Municipalities: City of North Port, City of Sarasota, City of Venice, Town of Longboat Key, Bee Ridge, Desoto Lakes, Englewood, Fruitville, Gulf Gate Estates, Kensington Park, Lake Sarasota, Laurel, Nokomis, North Sarasota, Osprey, Plantation, Ridge Wood Heights, Sarasota Springs, Siesta Key, South Gate Ridge, South Sarasota, South Venice, Southgate, The Meadows, Vamo, Venice Gardens, Warm Mineral Springs

Charlotte County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Wal-Mart Stores Inc 1,525 Retail
2. Publix Super Markets Inc 1,405 Grocery Store
3. Fawcett Memorial Hospital 865 Healthcare
4. Port Charlotte HMA LLC 750 Healthcare
5. Punta Gorda HMA, Inc. 680 Healthcare
6. Home Depot 500 Retail
7. Winn-Dixie 424 Grocery Store
8. School Board of Charlotte County 260 Education
9. Palm Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, Inc. 230 Car Dealership
10. Punta Gorda Associates 230 Medical / Healthcare
11. Dillard's, Inc 196 Retail
12. GMRI Inc 196 Accomodation & Food Services
13. Sears, Roebuck & Co 188 Retail
14. Smugglers Enterprises, Inc. 185 Accomodation & Food Services
15. Sun Coast Media Group, Inc. 170 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
16. Sweetbay Supermarket 162 Grocery Store
17. Trans Healthcare, Inc. 160 Healthcare
17. Old Punta Gorda, Inc. 150 Management & Remediation Services
19. Walgreen Co 149 Drugstore
20. Lowe's Home Centers Inc 148 Retail

Source: Enterprise Florida, Inc. and Harris Selectory, 2010

Charlotte County Municipalities: Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, Cape Haze, Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Park, Cleveland, Deep Creek, Englewood, Grove City, Harbour Heights, Manasota Key, Murdock, Placida, Port Charlotte, Rotond, Solana

Lee County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Lee Memorial Health System 9,500 Non-Profit hospital/healthcare system
2. Lee County School District 9,270 Public Schools
3. Publix Super Markets 3,071 Grocery Store
4. Lee County Administration 3,500 City Government
5. Wal-Mart 1,967 Retail
6. Lee County Sheriff's Office 1,585 Public Safety, Sheriff
7. Lee County Public Safety 1,409 City Government
8. Chico's FAS, Inc. 1,388 Corporate Headquarters / Women's Apparel
9. Target 1,100 Retail
10. Florida Gulf Coast University 993 State University
11. Shell Point Retirement Community 900 Life Care Facility
12. City of Fort Myers 897 City Government
13. Hope HealthCare Services 880 Healthcare
14. U.S. Postal Service 749 Postal Service
15. Comcast 705 Telecommunications
16. 21st Century Oncology, LLC 627 Headquarters - Healthcare
17. Lowe's 626 Building Materials
17. South Seas (LXR Luxury Resorts) 500 Resorts
19. CenturyLink 500 Communications
20. Bank of America 500 Banking / Financial

Source: Fort Myers Regional Partnership, July 2011

Lee County Municipalities: City of Bonita Springs, City of Cape Coral, City of Fort Myers, Town of Fort Myers Beach, City of Sanibel, Alva Boca Grande, Bokeelia, Buckingham, Burnt Store Marina, Captiva, Charleston Park, Cypress Lake, East Dunbar, Estero, Fort Myers Shores, Gateway, Harlem Heights, Iona, Lehigh Acres, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Matlacha (on Matlacha Island) Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, McGregor, North Fort Myers, Olga, Page Park, Palmona Park, Pine Island Center, Pine Manor, Pineland (on Pine Island), Punta Rassa, San Carlos Park, South Fort Myers, St. James City, Suncoast Estates, Three Oaks, Tice, Villas, Whiskey Creek, Babcock Ranch

Collier County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. Collier County Public Schools 3,350 Public Education
2. Collier County Government 2,161 City Government
3. Publix Supermarkets 2,121 Grocery Store
4. NCH Healthcare System 2,080 Health Care
5. Employee Professionals 1,700 Staffing Services / Human Resorces
6. Ritz-Carlton Hotel 1,150 Hospitality
7. Collier County Sheriff's Office 1,000 Government
8. Marriott 943 Hospitality
9. Winn-Dixie Supermarkets 918 Grocery Store
10. Registry Resort 750 Hospitality
11. League Club, Inc 625 Non-Profit Organixzation
12. Symphony Rehabilitation Svcs. 607 Health Care
13. Wal-Mart Stores 594 Retail
14. Classic Bentley Village, Inc. 550 Retirement Community
15. City of Naples 480 City Government

Source: Collier County Economic, Demographic & Community Profile, September 2008

Monroe County - Largest Employers

# Employer Name  Employees  Industry
1. US Armed Services 2,882 Federal Government
2. Monroe County Schools 1,316 Public Education
3. Ocean Reef Club 485 Private Membership Club
4. Monroe County Government 900 City Government
5. Lower Keys Medical Center 429 Healthcare
6. City of Key West 413 City Government
7. Casa Marina Resort/Beach Resort 300 Resorts
8. Historic Tours of America 288 Tourism
9. Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority 254 Municipal Services
10. Florida Keys Community College 236 Educational Services
11. Spottswood Properties 203 Resorts
12. Fisherman's Hospital 189 Medical / Healthcare
13. First State Bank of the Keys. 180 Banking / Financial Services
14. Cheeca Lodge 178 Resorts
15. Keys Energy Services 159 Utility / Energy

Source: Key West Chamber of Commerce, March 2010

Monroe County Municipalities: City of Key West, City of Marathon, City of Key Colony Beach, City of Layton, Village of Islamorada, Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key, Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key, Duck Key, Tavernier, Key Largo, North Key Largo, Flamingo, Bay Point, Sugarloaf Shores

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