FIRST FLORIDA POPULATION DROP SINCE MILITARY PERSONNEL LEFT IN1946
Blaming the recession and steep drop in new residents of 58,000 over the past year for plunging tax revenues jobs in construction, real estate and mortgage lending have disappeared. This has resulted in empty classroom seats, down about 10,000 statewide compared to the previous year. Current popular is about 18.3 million, says the US Census Bureau.
Florida’s unemployment rate in June was 10,6%, highest rate since 1975, one of the highest rates in the US. Estimates used data from residential electric hookups, building permits and homestead exemptions.
Another factor fewer people are moving to Florida is their inability to sell their homes elsewhere to be able to move here.
However, growth is expected to resume as the economy improves.