The industry with the largest share of civilians employed is healthcare, with 13.8% of local workers. The second largest segment of workers is employed in retail industries with 12.3%. Finance and insurance are in third place with 9.7%, while hospitality remains at 8.6%. These industries are led because there is a strong group of companies, the growth potential of these industries is high, and Jacksonville has advantages that are especially attractive to these industries.
The large financial services cluster is one of the main customers of information technology companies in the area. Thanks to Jacksonville's established utilities, highly reliable electricity and water are offered at very competitive rates. Similarly, the Special Funds of the Area of Specific Economic Development are designed to induce the location of projects of high economic value in critical areas of Jacksonville. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, FIS currently has more than 55,000 employees worldwide and more than 20,000 customers in more than 130 countries.
Approximately 11 percent of all workers in Jacksonville are employed in the insurance and financial services group, more than in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. The medical products and services industry is a vibrant and growing sector, especially in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce maintains a list of the area's top employers, from those with 100 employees to No. The following is a summary of data on several key cost-of-living factors for the Jacksonville area.
Parts of downtown Jacksonville are part of the Empowerment Zone or Business Zone, each of which offers tax or wage credits to businesses based on the number of new jobs created. Jacksonville is an attractive site for expanding businesses, partly because of the abundance of workers due to immigration, natural growth, a strong military presence and the area's educational institutions. Jacksonville is a natural environment to support the IT industry with its excellent educational infrastructure and qualified staff. The following is a summary of workforce data for the greater Jacksonville area, 2003 annual averages.
Rapid access to growing domestic markets is why many supply chain logistics companies have made Jacksonville their home. Port improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-sea port. For companies that rely on logistics and intermodal capacity, few communities can compare to Jacksonville, the gateway to Florida and the southeastern United States.