Manatee-Sarasota will see bump in construction, says Florida’s chief economist

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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Economist Rebecca Rust said that the fast-recovering jobs climate in Manatee and Sarasota counties is likely to see considerably more hiring in the next seven years, reports Bradenton Herald.

She predicts that while hiring for office, school, and trade and transportations jobs has been big for the past year, a greater share of the two counties’ economic future lies in construction.

Rust was speaking to about 150 business and education leaders, politicians and economic development officials at CareerSourceSuncoast’s annual Economic and Workforce Outlook at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

She said that her agency’s analysis shows demand for construction workers growing through 2021. And even though it only accounts for about 6% of jobs in the two counties, manufacturing jobs are expected to be highly valued for the wages they pay and the money they bring into the area.

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