News Column

Florida to Add a Million Jobs by 2020

Oct. 2, 2012

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

Florida is forecast to add one million "new" jobs by 2020, according to data from the Florida Workforce Estimating Conference held in September.

Certainly good news, but 80 percent of those jobs are those the state lost during the recession, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Florida is expected to have slow but steady growth of about 1.6 percent a year. Construction and other hard-hit industries will show the largest percentage gains because they're at their lowest levels of employment.

Construction jobs are expected to grow by nearly 34 percent while business and professional positions are forecast to grow by 20 percent and education and health services by nearly 19 percent.

Source: (c)2012 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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