MIAMI, FLORIDA — For the first time ever, the Sunshine State’s non-farm workforce is larger than the State of New York’s. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida had 9,578,500 employed non-farm workers compared to New York’s 9,576,100 in December of 2022.
“As Governor DeSantis said in his second inaugural speech, ‘It is often said that our federalist constitutional system – with fifty states able to pursue their own unique policies – represents a laboratory of democracy.’ Florida has exemplified the successful example of freedom, and our success is revealed in metrics like this,” a spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis’ office told Fox Business.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis also agrees that the reason for the economic growth is the state’s political leadership.
The policies driven by Governor DeSantis – who outlawed repressive COVID measures such as vaccine passports and mandatory masking – have attracted new residents from all over the country, but especially New York and the Northeast.
Florida is also leading the nation in the number of new business formations – 1.7 million created since January 2020, of which one third were created in 2020 alone, Fox Business reports.