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Updated: 02/22/2014 08:00:00AM

Pantuccio: Economy on an upswing

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio spoke to business leaders at Thursday's Career Source Polk Summit 2014 in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio shared a moment with Career Source Polk Executive Director Stacy Campbell-Domineck at Thursday's Summit 2014.

By CATHY PALMER

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Florida’s economy is on a major upswing, with more jobs becoming available every day. Thus said Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, who told that to 300 business leaders at Thursday’s Jan. 23 Career Source Polk 2014 Summit in Lakeland. Panuccio was speaking to the annual business conference hosted by what was Polk Works and is now known as Career Source Polk.

“Unemployment has dropped 5 percent in the last five years,” Panuccio said. “And, 446,300 new jobs have been added in Florida. That’s about half of what we lost when the recession was at its worst several years ago.”

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