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Pew: Strong Florida Employment Forecast For 2014

Andreas Klinke Johannsen

2014 could be a very good year for those looking for work in Florida. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ annual State of the States Report, part of their Stateline program, Florida’s employment picture is much brighter today than during the recession, when unemployment hit 10.7 percent.

Speaking Tuesday on First Coast Connect, report editor Sandy Johnson said Florida is picking up steam.
“(The state) unemployment rate currently stands at 6.4 percent and, of course, nationally the rate is 7 percent," she said.  "Moody’s Analytics, a jobs projection firm, says that Florida is in the top five states that will create the most jobs this year.”

Moody’s predicts Florida will add around 176,000 new jobs this year.
The Pew report looked at issues expected to generate the most debate in 2014. The list included the 2014 gubernatorial races, healthcare and gay marriage.

You can follow Cyd Hoskinson on Twitter @cydwjctnews and Melissa Ross @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.
Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.