Since 2019, we have put Florida’s residents and businesses first, and by investing in our infrastructure, workforce and communities, we have fueled an economy that continues to outpace the nation. As of August 2022, Florida has gained more than 580,000 private sector jobs since January 2019, and our unemployment rate has dropped from 3.5% to 2.7% — a full percent lower than the nation.
Businesses are coming to Florida because we welcome those wanting to do business here. Florida has recently been named the number one state in the nation for economic freedom, and we are the number one state in the nation for business formations, with more than 1.5 million new businesses since 2020. Our schools are also some of the best in the country, currently ranked number three for K-12 education by Quality Counts, and our higher education system remains the best in the nation.
This economic success has also allowed our state to prepare for the future. This year, I signed a budget that included a surplus of $21.8 billion — the highest level in state history.
I hope you will find this Opportunity Guide to be a useful resource and a further confirmation of Florida’s position as a national and international hub for business.
Governor, State of Florida