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Miami and Orlando Lead Florida in New Jobs

Posted on May 3, 2011

The Miami Herald reports that Miami and Orlando lead the state in the number of new jobs. Orlando has about 14 percent of workers in Florida yet leads with 46 percent of the new jobs created – the largest percentage in the state. South Florida has more workers at 30 percent but has 44 percent of the state’s new jobs.

What this article doesn’t mention is that many of these newly created jobs are minimum wage jobs in the theme parks. Still, the polling firm of Policom, ranks Orlando the 27th strongest metropolitan economy in the U.S. What kinds of jobs are being created? Beside tourism a new Medical City Park tied to the University of Central Florida’s medical school is expected to boost research, and Orlando has a strong video-game industry.

South Florida has the new Scripps Research Center in Palm Beach County and there is a medical complex developing around Jackson Memorial Hospital. Also South Florida has trade from foreign countries, particularly Latin America. South Florida also recently added 1,100 financial jobs according to the Beacon Council, the Miami-Dade economic development agency. No data is yet available for 2010 but the trends are expected to continue, with Orlando’s economy growing the fastest in the state.

Fortunately as the economy continues to recover, Florida employers are still required to provide workers with a safe workplace and workers’ compensation insurance to coverage injuries on the job. All employees should know that unless their business is extremely small, they should have this coverage and know their rights if they are injured. Their employer or their insurance company may not always have the best interest of the employee in mind, so if you are injured and you feel the compensation offered is not adequate, the Florida workers’ compensation lawyers at Farah & Farah have an open door policy to discuss the specifics of your injury and your options. Call our Orlando personal injury lawyers anywhere in Florida and South Georgia at 1-800-533-3555.