By MIKE SCHNEIDERAssociated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida's largest metropolitan areas rank below the national average in having science and engineering jobs.
New figures released by the U.S. Census Monday show that Florida's four largest metro areas were below the national average of 6.2% of the nation's workforce.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area had 1 of the lowest rates of science workers in the nation's largest cities - only 3.8% of the workforce.
Tampa had Florida's highest rate. Just over 6% of the jobs in metro Tampa's labor market are in science or engineering, just below the national average.
The rate for Jacksonville was 5.5%. It was 4.9% for metro Orlando.
Another Census survey that includes smaller cities puts Gainesville and the Space Coast at the top of the list in Florida.
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