The Florida Scorecard
Metrics to Help Secure Florida’s Future
The Great Recession started earlier in Florida, AND lasted twice as long as the US average. However, Florida has recovered better than its neighboring states and the rest of the country, and 47.8% of Florida counties had more jobs in 2016 than in 2007. Consider the facts:
- Only 39.1% of US counties had more jobs in 2016 than they did in 2007,
- Only 32.7% of counties in Georgia had more jobs in 2016 than in 2007,
- In Alabama, only 20.9% of counties had more jobs in 2016 than in 2007, and
- In New York, only 8.1% of counties had more jobs in 2016 than in 2007.
By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida’s future that develops high-wage jobs, diversifies the economy, ensures global competitiveness and creates vibrant communities. The Florida Scorecard™ provides Florida leaders and local stakeholders with the metrics needed to measure progress within their own communities. The Scorecard will help identify data points that are important to Florida’s economy, including:
- Florida’s 2016 population included 20.6 million residents
- Visitors to Florida in 2015 reached an all-time high of 106 million
- Florida’s high school graduation rate for the 2015-2016 school year was 80.7 percent.
For more metrics that matter to Florida’s future, visit www.TheFloridaScorecard.org.