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Wells Fargo Study: Florida #1 in Job Growth Potential

Florida leads nation in job growth potential

Florida leads the nation in its potential to grow jobs, according to a new Wells Fargo report that predicts a major rebound in the Sunshine State’s battered hiring climate.

In raking states by regional competitiveness — intrinsic factors that lead employers to create jobs in that state versus others nearby — Florida scored first in the Wells Fargo study released Wednesday morning. Florida gets a boost in the rankings by tourism and hospitality industries, a natural for a state that attracts more than any other on the East Coast. But Wells Fargo also gives Florida credit for a growing “life-sciences” industry, citing both a hefty retired population needing medical care and the research dollars that come with facilities like the planned Scripps Research facility in Palm Beach County.

“The influx of new medical research facilities will help reinvigorate [research and development] growth in Florida, helping further diversify the state’s economy,” the report said. Florida was ranked as regionally competitive in 22 industries, one more than second place finisher Georgia in the Wells Fargo ranking. The high-growth sectors include white-collar fields such as finance, insurance and professional services.

“Florida is attracting a diverse group of individuals,” said Michael Brown, a Wells Fargo economist and study author. “They are in a position to expand employment amid a wider selection of industries.” [Source: Miami Herald]

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