Pew Report: Florida in deep doo-doo

A report issued yesterday by the Pew Center on the States finds Florida as among the worst states in the nation in terms of its economy.

The report, called "Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril" notes that what many of us have been recognizing day by day, month by month - Florida is not the state it was just a few years ago.

Among the lowlights:

- In 2006 the state's job market was one  of the strongest - now it's the 8th worst.

-  Population.  For the first part of this decade, we all heard the statistics (wasn't it, 'there's a thousand new people a day       moving to Florida"?).  Now deal with these stats:  From April of '08 to April of '09, the state's population dropped by 58,00o.

- And in '05 Florida ranked 2nd in economic growth. In '08?  48th.

And though a lot of folks (particularly Republicans) love to bash California and its fiscal problems, Moody's says that Florida's housing market is in worse shape than the Golden State.

I would link to the report (, but unfortunately the site isn't coming up at all this morning, for whatever reason.  You can find a solid report on it in today's Tampa Tribune.

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