TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — In Lightcast’s 2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard, Florida is now number one in the nation when it comes to attracting and developing a skilled workforce, according to a press release from Governor DeSantis’ office.
“By keeping Florida free and open, we have created a positive economic environment and invested in our state’s workforce and communities,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “As a result, Florida is leading the nation in net migration and talent attraction. As other states continue to struggle at the hands of poor leadership, people and businesses are flocking to Florida.”
A number of factors are included in Lightcast’s ranking. It measures seven growth areas of the most recent five-year period. Factors include net migration of counties adding new residents, education attainment, job creation, skilled job creation, competitive effect and average annual job openings.
“Florida’s #1 ranking in talent attraction and net migration is proof that Governor DeSantis’ Freedom First policies work. Businesses and families move to Florida because they know our state is the best place to grow. The state’s unemployment rate remains low, while private sector employment and job growth continue to soar,” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Secretary Dane Eagle stated.
Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. added: “Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has laid the groundwork for lasting success. Our number one ranking for talent attraction is more proof that we are on the right track when it comes to education and economics. We stand ready to build on our successes and continue moving forward for the benefit of all Floridians.”
In Lightcast’s talent attraction metrics, the Sunshine State took the national lead with 15 large counties in the top 50. The big winner was Hillsborough County, which placed 8 on the list, then Polk (10), Lee (12), St Johns (18) and Pasco (20).