Florida's Economic Yearbook 2012
Florida's enjoying a cautious economic recovery
which includes data on population, age, income and more
By all economic indicators, Florida is bouncing back.
Visitor counts are up from the Panhandle to Miami. The supply of homes for sale is approaching more typical levels — home sales in Miami hit a record last year. Companies are hiring, expanding and relocating throughout the state. Consumer bankruptcies are down — in most regions by double digits. Manufacturing is getting stronger in the Southwest and Southeast and in other regions as well.
But the nascent recovery is fragile. The prospect of even more foreclosed homes is casting a pall over otherwise encouraging signs. Declining tax revenue is still squeezing government budgets, and many municipalities are continuing to waive impact fees to encourage development. And, of course, there are still too many people without jobs around the state. To a large degree, Florida’s recovery will hinge on improvements in the national economy overall.
Nonetheless, signs over the past year or so are, as Mike Reagen of the Greater Napes Chamber of Commerce says, "flickers of light on the horizon that things are incrementally getting better."
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» Real Estate Price Points - Interactive Gallery
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