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Florida Leads Nation in Job Creation

The state's lowest unemployment rate of 2.5 percent in October was reported in Wakulla County south of Tallahassee. Hendry County in rural southwest Florida reported the highest unemployment, 8.2 percent.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale region led the state with 64,000 new jobs, an increase of 2.8 percent, followed by Orlando with 41,200 new jobs and the greater Tampa Bay area with 31,000 new jobs.

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Jax MSA unemployment fell to 3.4%.

Year to year job growth was 2.6% in Jacksonville alone, not sure about metro.

National growth is 1.4%. Florida is absolutely dominating.

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Whew! That's impressive! I just hope that because our state is booming, we would develop the land wisely, instead of sprawling out into the wilderness.

Like that would ever happen....

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Yes, but you must question these numbers in that are they good paying jobs? I'd rather have half the job growth if they were all high paying jobs instead of tons of low paying service/retail type jobs which is what most of FL's jobs are these days. I don't have a cite for it, but we have been dropping in our median personal income in the last several years. Remember that most service/retail jobs don't provide health care or any other benefits. For me it's a quantity vs. quality thing and for Florida I think these numbers are more about quantity than quality.

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I would think the mix of job types would depend on the market, but I'm sure that a large portion of the new jobs are retail/service sector jobs.

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I would think the mix of job types would depend on the market, but I'm sure that a large portion of the new jobs are retail/service sector jobs.

I agree 100%. Because of our tourist environment, the majority of jobs created serve that sector. One good indication of market growth, is to compare the median salary now versus 2000. Or better, median income per capita. Does anyone know.

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Impressive! I wish my home state of SC had the economic incentives and common sense in our legislature to make our unemployment rate that low. Not surprisingly, the only areas in SC that have lowered unemployment rates are the coastal areas of Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Beaufort (near Savannah).

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This is even more evidence that conservative government and low taxes and regulations lead to high job growth. And, before you criticize the jobs as being low wage, how about producing some facts to back up your conclusory statements. Either way, a lower wage job is better than no job as is the case in many places in this country and around the world.

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This is even more evidence that conservative government and low taxes and regulations lead to high job growth. And, before you criticize the jobs as being low wage, how about producing some facts to back up your conclusory statements. Either way, a lower wage job is better than no job as is the case in many places in this country and around the world.

Amen to that, man! :thumbsup:

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This is even more evidence that conservative government and low taxes and regulations lead to high job growth. And, before you criticize the jobs as being low wage, how about producing some facts to back up your conclusory statements. Either way, a lower wage job is better than no job as is the case in many places in this country and around the world.

A fiscally conservative and liberal thinking government produces the best results. Massachusetts, for instance. Florida is leading in low wage tourist and consumer culture jobs, Massachusetts in leading in biotech. Both are growth, but one is better.

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Impressive! I wish my home state of SC had the economic incentives and common sense in our legislature to make our unemployment rate that low. Not surprisingly, the only areas in SC that have lowered unemployment rates are the coastal areas of Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Beaufort (near Savannah).

I wouldn't be so quick to applaud the Florida legislature... for they are not the sharpest group in the nation by any measure. Most of the economic incentives responsible for Florida's economic growth, date back to a time when the legislature was more liberal minded yet wiser spenders... as Poonther suggests.

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A fiscally conservative and liberal thinking government produces the best results.

Amen to that. Florida is doing a good job of producing economic growth. It is a mixture of low and higher wage jobs. But here in Central Florida, it seems that the growth is skewed towards to lower wage. It seems that the higher wage jobs are reaching the rest of the state as opposed to Central Florida. But, we are doing better.

I do believe that our growth is attributed to a lot of factors. Mainly weather.

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I know this is not a definite answer to this question, but sadly we do NOT appear anywhere on this list and I think we should for being the 4th largest state. Of the other big 3 states; CA appears 8 times and both TX and NY appear 5 times. Heck even GA appears 6 times.

Blue States include 55 of these counties.

Red States include 45 of thise counties.

100 highest-income counties by median household income 2003

Number of counties by state in the top 100: Virginia 15, Maryland 9, California 8, New Jersey 8, Colorado 6, Georgia 6, Illinois 6, Minnesota 5, New York 5, Texas 5, Alaska 3, Connecticut 3, Ohio 3, Pennsylvania 3, Wisconsin 3, Massachusetts 2, Michigan 2, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Kentucky 1, Missouri 1, New Hampshire 1, New Mexico 1, Tennessee 1, Utah 1. Twenty-five states do not have any counties in the top 100.

United States of America: $41,994

Rank County Median

Household

Income

1 Douglas County, Colorado $82,929

2 Fairfax County, Virginia $81,050

3 Johnson County, Kansas $80,648

4 Hunterdon County, New Jersey $79,888

5 Los Alamos County, New Mexico $78,993

6 Morris County, New Jersey $77,340

7 Somerset County, New Jersey $76,933

8 Falls Church, Virginia $74,924

9 Santa Clara County, California $74,335

10 Howard County, Maryland $74,167

11 Putnam County, New York $72,279

12 Nassau County, New York $72,030

13 Montgomery County, Maryland $71,551

14 Marin County, California $71,306

15 Fayette County, Georgia $71,227

16 Hamilton County, Indiana $71,026

17 Collin County, Texas $70,835

18 San Mateo County, California $70,819

19 Williamson County, Tennessee $69,104

20 Forsyth County, Georgia $68,890

21 Rockland County, New York $67,971

22 DuPage County, Illinois $67,887

23 Fairfax, Virginia $67,642

24 Livingston County, Michigan $67,400

25 Delaware County, Ohio $67,258

26 Lake County, Illinois $66,973

27 Stafford County, Virginia $66,809

28 Scott County, Minnesota $66,612

29 Washington County, Minnesota $66,305

30 Prince William County, Virginia $65,960

31 Calvert County, Maryland $65,945

32 Carver County, Minnesota $65,540

33 Chester County, Pennsylvania $65,295

34 Suffolk County, New York $65,288

35 Sussex County, New Jersey $65,266

36 Fairfield County, Connecticut $65,249

37 Bergen County, New Jersey $65,241

38 Rockwall County, Texas $65,164

39 Summit County, Utah $64,962

40 McHenry County, Illinois $64,826

41 Kendall County, Illinois $64,625

42 Monmouth County, New Jersey $64,231

43 Broomfield County, Colorado $63,903

44 Fort Bend County, Texas $63,831

45 Contra Costa County, California $63,675

46 Westchester County, New York $63,582

47 Norfolk County, Massachusetts $63,432

48 Oldham County, Kentucky $63,229

49 North Slope Borough, Alaska $63,173

50 Arlington County, Virginia $63,001

51 Waukesha County, Wisconsin $62,839

52 Ozaukee County, Wisconsin $62,745

53 Eagle County, Colorado $62,682

54 Elbert County, Colorado $62,480

55 Will County, Illinois $62,238

56 Charles County, Maryland $62,199

57 Juneau, Alaska $62,034

58 Fauquier County, Virginia $61,999

59 Oakland County, Michigan $61,907

60 Dakota County, Minnesota $61,863

61 Anne Arundel County, Maryland $61,768

62 Loudoun County, Virginia $61,455

63 Middlesex County, New Jersey $61,446

64 Aleutians West, Alaska $61,406

65 Poquoson, Virginia $60,920

66 Cherokee County, Georgia $60,896

67 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania $60,829

68 Middlesex County, Massachusetts $60,821

69 Manassas Park, Virginia $60,794

70 Williamson County, Texas $60,642

71 Gwinnett County, Georgia $60,537

72 Manassas, Virginia $60,409

73 Frederick County, Maryland $60,276

74 Geauga County, Ohio $60,200

75 Carroll County, Maryland $60,021

76 Bucks County, Pennsylvania $59,727

77 Ventura County, California $59,666

78 Pitkin County, Colorado $59,375

79 Kane County, Illinois $59,351

80 Hanover County, Virginia $59,223

81 Middlesex County, Connecticut $59,175

82 Tolland County, Connecticut $59,044

83 Orange County, California $58,820

84 Burlington County, New Jersey $58,608

85 Chesterfield County, Virginia $58,537

86 Cobb County, Georgia $58,289

87 Denton County, Texas $58,216

88 Rockingham County, New Hampshire $58,150

89 York County, Virginia $57,956

90 Warren County, Ohio $57,952

91 Anoka County, Minnesota $57,754

92 Placer County, California $57,535

93 Spotsylvania County, Virginia $57,525

94 San Benito County, California $57,469

95 Jefferson County, Colorado $57,339

96 Henry County, Georgia $57,309

97 St. Charles County, Missouri $57,258

98 Harford County, Maryland $57,234

99 Queen Anne's County, Maryland $57,037

100 Washington County, Wisconsin $57,033

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Cost of living. When it's low, the average wage is lower, even for the same job elsewhere that pays it higher, but that doesn't affect the quality of the growth.

I need not say more.

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Cost of living. When it's low, the average wage is lower, even for the same job elsewhere that pays it higher, but that doesn't affect the quality of the growth.

I need not say more.

Well, you really haven't said anything.

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Then you misunderstood an easy to understand economic phenomenon.

The cost of living in Fl is much lower than an vast majority of those listed counties above. Local wages offset some of that with higher wages.

Comparing the median household income out of context with the cost of living for each county is absolutely pointless.

To further explain. A McDonalds worker in say Duval County Fl may make $6 something an hour. That same McDonalds job in Connecticuit may pay as much as $7 something or more an hour to counterbalance the high cost of living.

Also to note is county size. Some states have larger counties than others which causes larger ranges on the spectrum. Duval County is 841 sq miles and that includes all possible kinds economic classes where as a tiny county like Fairfax, Va is only 6.31 really is a comparable situation with it's tiny size, high cost of living and many government facilites.

My point is that list is as viable a form of comparison as which color underwear their population wears.

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So higher prices, cost of living and wages is better than lower prices, cost of living and wages of equal proportion?

It would be a lofty task to prove the "equal proportion."

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Viper if you would have read my opening sentence it says that this is not a definite answer to the question about low paying jobs in FL. I see no reason to be so snarky with your replies. Let's just discuss this like intelligent mannered adults.

I think it's good that FL leads the nation in job growth, but I don't think it's great because many of them are low paying jobs. These jobs aren't coming from corporate hq's moving here. They are mainly coming from the service industry. Nothing wrong w/working these type jobs, but typically they don't pay that much.

I think it would be better if we lead the nation in job growth and income growth at the same time. Now that would really be a bragging point!

You say that the reason no Florida county appears in this ranking is because we are a low cost of living state, while it maybe true that we are in the middle of the pack, it doesn't explain why counties from states like GA, KS, NM, TN, MO, KY, IN and UT appear on the list. These states too have a low cost of living.

Then you state that county size plays into the equation in FL. I'll give you that in the far southern counties like Dade, Broward, Collier, etc. but then again many western state's counties appear on the list and have you ever seen the land size of some of those monsters?

Again, I enjoy a polite discussion on this topic and welcome conflicting viewpoints to my take on the situation.

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