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by +Mike Poller The number of STEM-related online help-wanted ads in Florida is up sharply over the previous year, with more than 64,000 postings in September 2012. Postings are up almost 9 percent compared to September 2011.

“Jobs in STEM-related fields are high skill positions that are helping to further grow and diversify our economy,” said Governor Rick Scott. “Seeing an increase in the demand for these jobs shows that we’re making significant strides and ensuring that Florida is a leader in growing industries.”

According to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board, the number of STEM-related job postings in Florida in September 2012 increased by over 5,000 from the previous year. Major occupational groups with the most online ads in September were:

  1. healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
  2. computer and mathematical occupations
  3. business and financial operations

Counties with the greatest number of help-wanted ads in order are:

  1. Hillsborough
  2. Miami-Dade
  3. Orange
  4. Broward
  5. Duval
  6. Palm Beach

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