Orlando Among Forbes Magazine Top 10 Best Cities For Job Growth In 2015
By Space Coast Daily // July 31, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Orlando is among Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Best Cities for Job Growth in 2015, along with Naples, Cape Coral, Ocala, Port St. Lucie and North Port.
Florida is home to six of the top 10 metro areas when it comes to the highest forecasted employment growth. Leading the way is retirement hot spot Naples with projected annual gains of 4.6% through 2017, according to Moody’s Analytics.
“Areas like Naples are adding jobs at a faster rate because of the population growth among baby boomers,” says Moody’s Analytics economist Kwame Donaldson, who focuses on the Florida market.
One of the hardest hit areas during the recession was Florida as the housing bubble burst, damaging one of Florida’s chief sectors in construction, and cash-strapped tourists cut back on vacations. But the Sunshine State has roared back and is expected to be among the leading states for job creation over the next few years.
“Forbes has picked Florida as the best place for job growth, and Naples as the number one city in the nation for job growth,” said Gov. Rick Scott.
“Over the past four years, we have worked hard to make it easier for businesses to succeed and create jobs by reducing regulations and cutting taxes – including $400 million in tax cuts just this year.
“We will keep working to make Florida the top state for jobs and we look forward to welcoming more businesses to our state.”
Florida League of Cities Statement on Forbes Magazine “The 10 Best And Worst Cities For Job Growth” here:
“The Florida League of Cities is pleased to hear that six metro areas in Florida are recognized as areas with the fastest projected job growth over the next three years, according to forecasts from Moody’s Analytics.
Cities are the economic engines of local economies, and it is clear that Florida municipalities are a thriving environment for economic development and job growth.
Cities and businesses are working hand in hand, and the outcomes are impressive.
Florida is a unique and special state, with diverse municipalities that have their own unique assets and attributes. It is no surprise to us that cities in our state are poised for employment growth and new opportunities for its citizens.”