‘It’s getting harder … to create jobs’ in Florida


Authored by: Debora Lima, South Florida Business Journal

Jobs aren’t cropping up in Florida quite like they used to, and with public-private partnerships on the chopping block, the tide is unlikely to turn any time soon.

That was the message economist Jerry Parrish had for the 1,000 attendees of the Broward Workshop’s “State of the County” forum on Friday.

“It’s getting harder and harder to create jobs in this state,” he said, joking that he must have missed the memo to “keep it upbeat.” “You don’t have to kill Visit Florida. You don’t have to kill Enterprise Florida. Just talking about killing those things is killing jobs.”

Eliminating the partnerships would harm tourism, one of the tri-county region’s most dominant industries, said Parrish, chief economist and director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, a business advocacy group.

Click here to read the article from the South Florida Business Journal.

Florida Has Created Nearly 1 Million Net New Jobs Since 2010

Florida’s job growth since the recession has been unprecedented. Since December 2010, 978,800 private sector jobs have been created. When December 2015 job numbers are released, the total of net new jobs is expected to reach 1 million. The state’s year over job growth rate has steadily risen to 3.0 percent, which tops the nation among the 10 largest states.

Despite the creation of so many new jobs, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reports that 299,530 jobs went unfilled last month, a growing trend that indicates a significant gap between job demand and the talent available. With 2 million more jobs needed in Florida by 2030, how can we ensure tomorrow’s workforce has the skills and training to fill the jobs of the future?

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