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Old 02-18-2007, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Pasco County
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I just read an interesting article on AOL Money. Forbes.com has issued a list of the 100 best cities for getting jobs in the US. According to the article, the following cities in Florida are in the top 25. Jacksonville is #3, Orlando is #4 and also in the top 25 are Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
The rankings were based on a number of factors such as, unemployment rates, job growth, median household income and cost of living.
I was surprised because on the Florida threads, we have been told that the job market is terrible, that income is low and the cost of living is high. Apparently Forbes does not see it that way.
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Old 02-18-2007, 05:37 PM
 
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I guess it's worse in other places
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Old 02-18-2007, 05:59 PM
 
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I just read an interesting article on AOL Money. Forbes.com has issued a list of the 100 best cities for getting jobs in the US. According to the article, the following cities in Florida are in the top 25. Jacksonville is #3, Orlando is #4 and also in the top 25 are Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
The rankings were based on a number of factors such as, unemployment rates, job growth, median household income and cost of living.
I was surprised because on the Florida threads, we have been told that the job market is terrible, that income is low and the cost of living is high. Apparently Forbes does not see it that way.
Number one is N.C. Also the report is based on older numbers.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:04 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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There's a caveat in the article. Read it carefully:

Despite those hurricanes and the much-heralded housing slowdown, Florida took top honors among the states; five of its cities made it into the top 25 this year. Jacksonville came in third, up from No. 8 last year, and Fort Lauderdale moved up from No. 25 to No. 9. While the construction industry isn't generating as many jobs as it was two years ago, tourism is still hot, especially with the dollar weak compared to the euro. But don't pack your bags and move to the Sunshine State just yet. When we redo this survey, we might find that a few Florida cities have dropped off the list. "The economy has shifted a lot in the past year, especially with the housing market cooling down," says Hugo Sellert, an economist and research manager with Monster (nasdaq: MNST - news - people ). He's predicting Florida and Phoenix will weaken, while the Midwest and Texas will start generating more jobs.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:16 PM
 
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There are plenty of jobs here...they are just not very good paying ones from what I have seen.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:23 PM
 
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I'm moving down from Detroit, which was tied for last with a City that was underwater for a month and lost a huge percentages of it's businesses to the largest Natural Disaster in American History.

good times
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:35 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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I'm moving down from Detroit, which was tied for last with a City that was underwater for a month and lost a huge percentages of it's businesses to the largest Natural Disaster in American History.

good times
I wouldn't discourage someone from Detroit moving ANYWHERE. You have no where to go but up. Good times, indeedy.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:37 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Default Why Jax is up there on the list

I haven't read the article, but think I know why it ranked so highly.

Jacksonville has a lot of growing to do. Wages are lower than other metropolitan areas, but so much is going on and it is such a beautiful place, has nippy winters that appeal to many, beaches to die for. Violence- yeah, mostly mediocre schools- yeah, but it is easy to be middle class and have a good life and the violence issue is being actively addressed now that everyone is beginning to identify it as "our" problem, not just a problem of the inner city poor. Schools will get better and we have a couple that are excellent (for Florida).

We have a wonderful symphony, lots of diversity in live music, great restaurants, Broadway plays, top notch healthcare, a public library system that is excellent, a beautiful riverfront- check out the downtown skyline at night- killer!

If you read the list of real estate closings in the paper, you'll see many, many names that would indicate that the Bubbas are in for some drastic changes over the next five to ten years.

There is a great swell developing here and this is the time to catch the wave! And, no, I'm not a Realtor, just a mom who made the move a couple of years ago and am glad that I did.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:50 PM
 
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I wouldn't discourage someone from Detroit moving ANYWHERE. You have no where to go but up. Good times, indeedy.
I agree. Michigan's economy is hurting badly. You will do much better here than in the Detroit area. Come on down! Go RedWings!
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Pasco County
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Number one is N.C. Also the report is based on older numbers.
According to Forbes.com, the article is based on growth data from 2003 to 2006. I don't know how much more current you can get.
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