Economic Growth

Photo: Awake the State

As the 2017 Florida legislative session begins, activists are rallying behind under the “Awake the State” banner are gathering in towns all over Florida tonight, including Fort Myers.

They’re making demands on lawmakers in Tallahassee on topics ranging from education funding, to environmental issues, and more. 

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According to the latest data from the research firm RealtyTrac, Florida still leads the nation in home foreclosures with foreclosure filings on one out of 462 housing units in the state. However, foreclosures are trending downward significantly and experts predict home prices in Southwest Florida will continue rising. Meanwhile, the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey identifies Lee County as among the strongest markets in the nation for hiring demand going into 2015. We’ll explore the region’s current economic and employment conditions and predictions as we prepare to enter 2015. 

The state’s employment numbers for March were released today. The data indicates a continued trend in private sector job growth even as Florida’s unemployment rate increased slightly.