Did You Know: Higher Education Attainment Means More Opportunities


While Florida remains a leader in the nation, our state will need to create two million net new jobs between now and 2030. There are currently 501,000 Floridians looking for jobs, and 242,600 Florida jobs looking for people.

Currently, Florida’s unemployment rate is at five percent. But depending on the level of education attainment, that number may be significantly lower or higher.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a higher educational attainment level means a lower unemployment rate, more participation in the labor force and higher median weekly earnings.

What Does This Mean To You?

As we are preparing for a future where our state will need to create two million net new jobs between now and 2030, what can businesses do to ensure opportunities for every Floridian? Share your thoughts by taking this short survey.

Florida Chamber-Backed Education Bills Move Forward

The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes talent is quickly becoming Florida’s best economic development tool. The Florida Chamber supports creating a talent pool that can meet the needs of job creators and be ready to face the disruptive forces in our future job market. Below are the Florida Chamber-backed education bills that moved forward for the week of Feb. 6, 2017:

SB 2, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)

Promotes on-time student graduation while responsibly increasing student financial aid and tuition assistance.

What’s next for the bill?

SB 4, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)

Establishes a world-class faculty and scholar program, promotes the prominence of Florida’s graduate schools and links education to job opportunities by providing internship opportunities to students.

What’s next for the bill?

SB 104, Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)

Furthers the ability of today’s learners to meet the changing needs of employers in the global job market by allowing students to take computer coding courses in order to satisfy the high school foreign language course requirements.

What’s next for the bill?

Learn more about where the Florida Chamber stands on education by visiting our Education Issue Page.