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Robert Trigaux: 18 ways to measure Florida's economy

The more diverse ways we measure the economy and compare ourselves to others, the closer we can get to an honest answer to this question:

How are we really doing?

Clearly, Florida and Tampa Bay are on the upswing judging by the ongoing declines in jobless rates. On the other hand, the state poverty rate remains stuck above that of the country as a whole.

There is still much to do. Judge for yourself.

No. 2: National rank of Florida's increase of 14,100 jobs (behind No. 1 Texas) in December.

25: States in December with higher unemployment rates than Florida's 6.2 percent.

17: States in December 2012 with higher unemployment rates than Florida's 7.9 percent.

9.1%: Rhode Island unemploy-ment rate, highest rate of all states.

6.2%: Florida unemploy-ment rate.

2.6%: North Dakota's rate, lowest of all states.

8.8%: Unemployment rate in Palm Coast in Flagler County, highest among larger metro areas in Florida in December.

4.4%: The rate in the Fort Walton Beach-Destin-Crestview metro area in the Panhandle, lowest among larger metro areas in Florida.

6.9%: Florida wage and salary workers who belonged to unions in 2013.

7.3%: Florida wage and salary workers who belonged to unions in 2012.

$19.68: Average hourly wage paid in Florida in May 2012.

$14.72: Median (half make more, half make less) hourly wage paid in Florida in May 2012.

$93.29: Average hourly wage of Florida chief executive officers in May 2012.

$7.93: Florida's current minimum hourly wage.

17.1: Percent of Floridians living in poverty in 2012.

15.9: Percent of Americans living in poverty in 2012.

33: Billionaires living in Florida.

2: Billionaires (Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Ronald Wanek) living in Tampa Bay.

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Robert Trigaux: 18 ways to measure Florida's economy 01/28/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:04am]
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