Local officials to convene Thursday in Largo to discuss job growth

Despite its dominance in the news over the past month, the number one concern for Americans is actually the lack of jobs, and not the size of the deficit.

And as unemployment sits at over 9 percent nationally (and over 10 percent in Florida) some progressive economists (such as Paul Krugman) suggest the new debt deal just approved by Congress will actually damage the economic recovery.

Whether anyone can do anything short term to boost the job situation is questionable, but on Thursday members from the Bay area's education, business and political community will gather in Largo to discuss how to accelerate job growth over the coming years.