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Looking For A Job? Census Says Tallahassee Is The Spot

Tallahassee’s bustling midtown district is home to popular bars, quirky businesses and according to new federal data, a hot jobs market.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau listed the 32312 area code as the best place in Florida for young people to find jobs. Tallahassee officials have worked for years to diversity the local economy and have focused their attention in the area around the state capitol building. But Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer says the Midtown and Thomasville Road area pretty much happened on its own.

“Which is what we need. We have these different areas in our city that have grown organically. And what we have are places that people can go to to enjoy nightlife, and food and gathering places where people don’t have to get in their car and drive 30 minutes. And I think that’s a good thing," Ziffer said.

According to the census, the worst place in the state for young people to find jobs is Jacksonville’s 32209 area code. But the city nabbed the top spot for college grads where its 32205 area code boasted a 1.3 percent unemployment rate for those with bachelor’s degrees. The worst place for those same workers? Bonita Springs in Southwest Florida.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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