Florida's GDP, or gross domestic product, rose 2.7 percent in 2014, faster than any other state in the Southeast but well below the pace of energy-rich states that enjoyed a year of booming oil and gas activity before prices fell.
Florida's GDP of $769.7 billion last year roughly matched that of the Netherlands. California's GDP, which rose 2.8 percent, was just over $2.1 trillion, putting it close to the size of Brazil's economic output.
At 2.7 percent, Florida's GDP growth in 2014 was faster than in 2013 (2.5 percent) and 2012 (1.7 percent). It represents three straight years of positive growth after the 0.6 percent decline in state GDP in 2011 during the recession.
The fastest-growing state GDPs last year belonged to fracking-rich North Dakota at 6.3 percent, followed by Texas at 5.2 percent, and Wyoming and West Virginia, both at 5.1 percent.
Nationally, GDP grew 2.2 percent in 2014, with 48 of 50 states reporting increases. Alaska and Mississippi GDPs declined slightly last year. State GDP numbers were released Wednesday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.