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5. Florida

Net Job Creation: 50,300

Florida’s job growth was evenly concentrated in three areas while traditional economic engines didn’t fare as well. Even as the state showed signs of emerging from a deep real-estate slump, construction payrolls plunged. In addition, the important leisure and hospitality sector showed a small gain. Economic growth was well below the state average. Florida, home to AutoNation, CSX, Darden Restaurants and Jabil Circuits, is currently offering economic incentives to big and small companies looking to add jobs through expansion or new facilities.

Trade, Transportation, Utilities: 25,600
Professional & Business Services: 25,200
Education & Health Services: 20,200

Pictured: Construction workers in Orlando framing for new housing.

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