I really wish I could think of something positive to write about today. But news is rarely positive, and I think some of this needs to be discussed. The economy isn't merely bad in Florida, it's bad everywhere. Even our brethren in the U.K. are suffering, according to recent news articles (perhaps our friend Daniel would like to weigh in on that).
Florida is particularly hard hit because we are such a tourist-y economy. People don't have extra spending money, and gas prices have been sky-high (until recently) and so they're not travelling as much, they're not dining out, they're not throwing money at luxuries or baubles.
But Florida has built its economy on that type of a consumer, and it's now suffering as a result of it. If you open up our local newspaper, the jobs section is only a couple of inches long, and the jobs offered are so industry-specific that the typical ad comes close to reading like this:
"Wanted: Salesperson for medical manufacturer. Must have 2 years of experience as a rep for company that manufactures insulin needles. Must have 1 year of experience as a former cancer patient. Must have one brown eye, one blue eye, and have a first name that begins with A, P, or T. Although all resumes are appreciated, only qualified applicants will be called back."The newspaper itself was full of dire predictions yesterday, and pointed out that all the service jobs are at risk, which comprises 25% of our total workforce.
Of course it's often argued that telling such truths creates a self-perpetuating problem. However, it's equally important that we understand what we're up against.
Frankly, I'm worried.