Saturday, October 10, 2009

University of Florida reports decline in Florida's Population

Recession causes Florida’s population to drop for first time since 1946
Author Tom Johnson

Florida’s recession has really hit Florida hard this year. For the first time since 1946 the recession has forced people to leave Florida and look for employment elsewhere, according to the latest population estimates from the University of Florida.

The state has lost more than 58,000 residents which is connected directly to Florida’s employment according to Stan Smith director of UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, who led the research.

The population loss — the first since 1946 — is spread across Florida because the factors that contributed to the decline exist statewide rather than regionally, Smith said.

The biggest percentage losses were found in less populated Union and Suwannee counties in North Florida, Smith said.

Read More: UF News

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