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It’s more than just sunshine and beaches that are attracting people to Florida. Lightcast, a labor market analytics firm, ranked the state No. 1 in its annual Talent Attraction Scorecard, a system that looks at net migration, job creation, education level, skilled workers and other factors from 2017-2021.

Florida had an influx of residents over that time period—in addition to an increase not just in jobs overall, but in skilled jobs (positions that require postsecondary education or significant experience). Southwest Florida was a prime driver of some of Florida’s growth, as well. Lee County ranked 12th among large counties (population 100,000-plus) in the country, Collier County ranked 42nd and Charlotte came in at 72nd (out of 609 counties).


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