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Existing Conditions Employment Growth and Industry Clusters The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projects that in 2019, there will be 244,900 persons employed in Polk County, a 13.2 percent increase from 2011.19 Table 8 lists the 20 occupation categories (out of 414 total) with the greatest projected absolute growth (that is, the occupations that are expected to add the greatest total number of jobs in Polk County). Table 9 lists the 20 occupation categories with the greatest projected relative growth (that is, the occupations with the highest projected percentage growth in the number of jobs). Table 8. Occupations with the Greatest Projected Absolute Growth Data source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Category 2011 2019 Employment Employment (Actual) (Projected) Absolute Growth, 2011-2019 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 5,068 6,119 1,051 Retail Salespersons 6,140 7,155 1,015 Food Preparation & Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 6,298 7,206 908 Registered Nurses 3,861 4,747 886 Customer Service Representatives 3,913 4,698 785 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3,866 4,569 703 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 3,325 3,990 665 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 529 1,188 659 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3,116 3,744 628 Office Clerks, General 4,097 4,692 595 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5,032 5,627 595 Accountants and Auditors 2,060 2,584 524 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 2,271 2,793 522 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4,500 4,995 495 Construction Laborers 1,868 2,309 441 Waiters and Waitresses 3,436 3,862 426 Cashiers 5,727 6,145 418 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2,907 3,308 401 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 2,448 2,848 400 779 1,145 366 Home Health Aides 19 Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Employment Projections.” http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/ statistical-programs/employment-projections 36