Lakeland Forecast

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Lakeland has a prime spot in the Inaugural Florida & Metro Economic Forecast from the University of Central Florida Institute for Economic Competitiveness. You can click the first link to find the full report in PDF, but I thought I’d share a couple of the major numbers.

From now until 2009 personal income is expected to grow at 6.5% annually…slightly below state average. Employment growth is predicted at 2% annually over the next three years with the professional and business sector (3.3%) the major recipient of that growth. Also going up slightly are information (2.9%) and trade, transportation and utilities (2.5%). Heading down are federal government (-.4%) and manufacturing (-.8%). By 2009 unemployment (3.4%) is projected as slightly above the state average (3.2%).

For the 2009 Lakeland Metropolitan Statistical Area the report gives two different expected population totals: 602,700 and 606,400.

The report also notes ZIP code 33813 is the 25th wealthiest zip in the Tampa bay area according to The Ledger.

Here are the current Lakeland stats from the US Bureau of the Census.

Lake Mirror photograph CC by Rickenbacker