As the Greek crisis approaches conclusion, the overall economic health of the EU comes into question.
While there has been recovery (the Eurozone is growing at an annual rate of 1.3 percent), it has been sporadic.
In the second quarter of the year France and Italy, which account for 40 percent of the Eurozone economy, slumped. Italy, which had only recently emerged from recession, fell back, managing growth of just 0.2 percent.
Unemployment numbers are also troubling:
Unemployment (June 2015)
- EU 9.6 percent
- Eurozone 11.1 percent
- Greece 25.6 percent (April)
- Spain 22.5 percent
- Italy 12.7 percent
- France 10.2 percent
- Germany 4.7 percent
Other challenges remain. Germany is doing well but its exports will be impacted by a slowdown in Asia, many new jobs are temporary, unemployment figures remain high, and future energy prices are uncertain.
What Does This Mean for Florida?
Europe has traditionally been an important source of foreign direct investment to the state. An uncertain economic future for Europe could lead to more European companies considering expansion or relocation to stronger and more stable economic environments such as Florida. Further slowdown in Asian economies could also lead to an interest in diversification and the pursuit of other markets which Florida could serve as a point of entry to.
Positioning Florida as a strategic and important destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) is a key strategy. This is a strategy identified in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s most recent Trade and Logistics study. To learn more about how the Florida Chamber is work to build Florida’s international relationships, contact Alice Ancona today at firstname.lastname@example.org.