Florida Employment and Education

The economic outlook for Florida is healthy. Earnings rose 2.3% from 2003 to 2004. Jobs increased by 300K during the same period. The unemployment rate for 2005 was 3.8%. July 2006 stats show it is below the national average and stands at 3.3%.

Florida has 3,700 schools statewide. They spend $6,921 per student to educate them. The report card for the state shows 4th graders passed the math requirements by 76% and 82% in the years 2003 and 2005. the 8th graders passed by a margin of 62 and 65%. The graduation rate stands at 79.9%.