Robust job growth is a strong point for Florida. High-tech job growth? Not so much.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its Enterprising States report Tuesday morning, and there are no surprises in a study that identifies the usual hits and misses for Florida’s economy.
Florida’s strengths: Florida ranks in the top 10 in two-year job growth, tax climate, college affordability and share of high school students taking advanced placement tests. The state nabs top 10 spots in 13 of the 35 categories the Chamber analyzed.
Florida’s weaknesses: The Sunshine State lands in the bottom half for income growth, income, high-tech jobs and cost of living. Florida is an also-ran in 17 of the survey’s 35 categories.
Florida’s leaders have desperately tried to turn the notoriously low-wage state into a California-style innovation hub, spending more than $1.5 billion to lure biotech institutes in recent years.