The recession is over. That declaration being made by the Jax Chamber, saying at the midyear point of 2013 more jobs have been announced than any year since 2006.
More than 2,600 new jobs have been announced, from Bank of America to Northrup Grumman and United Health Group.
It is nearly as many jobs as were announced in 2012 and more than announced in all of 2011.
If the rate were to continue, JAXUSA Partnership and its partners would announce more jobs this year than in some time – and possibly in the past decade.
The unemployment rate in May was 6.5%, down nearly two percentage points over the same time last year.
“Northeast Florida has entered a new era of job creation and broad-based economic opportunity,” said JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis. “I look forward to even more announcements in the months ahead.”
Announcements since January 2013 about planned new jobs in the Northeast Florida region include:
Bank of America Financial services--200
Body Central Headquarters--75
Coastal Cloud Headquarters--100
Cory’s Thunder Headquarters--35
Deutsche Bank Financial services--300
Digital Risk Financial services--300
Energy Intelligence Worldwide Headquarters--100
Hoegh Autoliners Dist/Logistics--20
MMC America Inc. Health & Life Sciences--20
Northrop Grumman Aviation/aerospace--400
SunGard Relius Business Sys. Financial services--170
Total Quality Logistics Dist/Logistics--75
United Health Group Medical--300
“We are on track to have our most successful year in more than a decade,” said JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot. “These projects are creating a sense of excitement in the community. We will continue to focus on job growth and economic development for the benefit of the community.”