According to the Florida Trend, Florida experienced strong job growth in 2015, adding nearly a quarter of a million jobs. Heading into 2016, Florida’s job market is widely expected to maintain its course as the Florida economy as a whole continues to strengthen.
Author and economist Kyle Baltuch goes on to say, Bloomberg Business compiled a list of the top 18 cities it predicts will have the most economic growth in 2016. Of the 18 cities on the list, nine were in Florida, including the top four, and six of the top ten, as shown in the table below.
The concentration of growth seems to be regional, as nearly all of the Florida cities on the list are located in Southwest or Central Florida. Small and moderate sized metropolitan areas in Florida have moved to the top of the list largely due to the fall of oil and gas hubs from the ranks, according to Bloomberg (Baltuch, Florida Trend).
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