St. Lucie County Economic Recovery.
Back in 2013, Florida crossed over from lagging behind the national recovery to getting out in front. The decline in unemployment from 8.0 percent in January 2013 to 6.1 percent in January 2014 was driven by new jobs. The state’s labor force showed a small increase of 29,000, but the number of unemployed declined by 172,000.
Those statistics were impressive for the state of Florida, as a whole, but St. Lucie County didn’t, for the most part, take part in that growth. Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce’s economy remained stagnant.