Florida TaxWatch: Florida Economy expects a sunny year

Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit public policy research institute and government watchdog group, expects another year of economic growth and recovery in 2015, according to its 2015 Economic Preview. Florida’s economy will grow faster than the nation and Florida employment is expected to outpace the nation again in 2015, according to the report.

“Florida had a very successful year in 2014, as shown by our state’s latest revenue increases and jobs numbers, and Florida’s economy and job growth should keep climbing in 2015,” said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. “Florida is making the right economic investments and we are consistently beating the rest of the nation in development and growth. Even our latest population numbers show that people want to be a part of what we’re doing here in Florida.”

How does the Pensacola MSA rank? 18th of out the top 20, below Panama City and Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin MSAs. Pensacola tied Tallahassee and ranked above Gainesville.

The top five with the highest predicted growth are:

Naples-Macro Island 4.7
Palm Coast 4.6
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 4.4
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 4.3
Ocala 4.0

Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panana City Beach 3.1
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin 3.0
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 2.8

Read EconPreview2015