Bloomberg Law
Feb. 2, 2023, 4:52 PM

There Are More Jobs in Florida Than New York for the First Time

Paulina Cachero

Florida isn’t just for retirees anymore.

For the first time in at least 40 years, there are more jobs in the Sunshine State than there are in New York, part of the trend of Americans fleeing south to lower-cost states.

Florida ended 2022 with 9,578,500 nonfarm jobs, while New York had 9,576,100, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the first time in data going back to 1982 that Florida had more workers than New York.

“Florida is no longer God’s waiting room,” said Craig Studnicky, chief executive officer of ISG World, a real estate firm that specializes in luxury ...