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1. Florida

The state that received the most in-migration from others between 1990 and 2010 was Florida. In the 2009-2010 time span, 405,424 people moved to the state, but it is important to note that the largest group to relocate there came from New York. This group of people is likely to have included many retirees, not job seekers, Robert Scardamalia said in an interview.

Whatever the makeup of these people, there is no denying that Florida has become a destination state for jobs. The all-important leisure and hospitality sector has continued to improve, and there has been job growth in the education and health services sector; the professional and business services sector; and the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

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