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Current Status and Future Projections for Southwest Florida’s Economy


Local economic experts say Southwest Florida’s economy is experiencing a continued trend of positive growth.  The unemployment rate state-wide decreased another 0.2 percent in July down to 5.4 percent.  Other economic indicators such as taxable sales and demand for goods and building materials also point to a healthy regional economy.  

We’ll take a look at data and analysis from the latest Market Trends update from Land Solutions, Inc., as well as the latest reports on local economic conditions and how employers are perceiving the current economy from Florida Gulf Coast University’s Regional Economic Research Institute.


Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business

Randy Thibaut, President and CEO of Land Solutions, Inc.