Palm Beach County one of three recognized for top job growth

Collier, Lee and Palm Beach County were recognized this week by Florida Gov. Rick Scott for having the fastest annual job growth rate in Florida for 2012. Commissioners from each county were presented the award at the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Meeting in Tallahassee.

“Florida’s economy continues to grow jobs because of the decisions we have made over the last two years. It’s working,” Scott said in a statement. “Over the last two years, Florida’s private-sector has created over 294,000 new jobs. Our state is headed in the right direction, and I congratulate Collier, Lee and Palm Beach counties for helping lead the way.”

Scott’s office released the following additional information:

Gov Scott and Paulette Burdick
Commissioner Paulette Burdick receives the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award on behalf of Palm Beach Co.

Palm Beach County

“Palm Beach County has a lot to offer potential employers who are looking to move or expand here,” Sen. Maria Sachs said. “It’s exciting to hear that we’re among the top counties for job creation in Florida.”

“The job growth in Palm Beach County is truly exciting news for our community,” Rep. Bill Hager said. “I am proud that the Governor has recognized Palm Beach County, as it is clear that our efforts to reduce taxes and burdensome regulations have allowed local businesses to prosper and create jobs.”

“Palm Beach County has created an environment to cultivate workforce talent through a top rated K-20 education system and to work closely with businesses to support job growth through creative government incentives,” Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick said. “Palm Beach County has been and continues to be open for business.”

Palm Beach County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 2.5 percent was caused mainly by gains in the following industries:  other services (+9.4 percent); professional and business services (+4.2 percent); leisure and hospitality (+4.0 percent); and construction (+3.0 percent).

Collier County

“I am happy that Governor Scott recognizes the work that is being done to help create jobs in Collier County,” Sen. Garrett Richter said. “Our economy is headed in the right direction and we know how important it is to the families who call Collier County home.”

“Collier County is a great place to call home and a great place for companies to move or expand,” Rep. Kathleen C. Passidomo said. “The fact that our county had one of the fastest job growth rates in Florida in 2012 is great news and we must continue to focus on job creation for the residents of Collier.”

“As the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County, I want to thank the Governor for his leadership in advancing economic development and job creation in the state of Florida,” Chairwoman Collier County Commission Georgia Hiller said. “His formula for economic success when applied, works as evidenced by what we have achieved in job growth in Collier County.”

Collier County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 3.4 percent was the result of growth in the following industries: professional and business services (+12.4 percent); construction (+4.4 percent); leisure and hospitality (+4.4 percent); and manufacturing (+4.0 percent).

Lee County

“The fact that Lee County was one of the fastest growing counties for job creation is welcome news,” Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen said. “I applaud Governor Scott, Lee County Commissioners, and the Florida Legislature for helping keep Florida’s economy moving in the right direction.”

“The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is very proud to accept the award for the 2nd highest job growth rate in the state of Florida,” Chairman of the Lee County Commission Cecil Pendergrass said. “Lee County will continue its efforts toward job creation, such as our adjustment of impact fees to encourage business growth.”

Lee County’s 2012 annual job growth rate of 2.5 percent was impacted by growth in the following industries:  leisure and hospitality (+3.9 percent); trade transportation and utilities (+3.7 percent); information (+3.4 percent); and construction (+3.1 percent).


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