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Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery, census information shows

Posted at 5:38 AM, Dec 08, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from the worst recession in decades.

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday shows that during the recovery, jobs were lost in construction, real estate, government and manufacturing. But jobs were gained in education, health care, tourism and professional positions.

During the same time, Florida residents got older and more diverse.

The median age went from 40.3 in 2010 to 41.4 in 2015. Only five counties in Florida got younger -- and they were all located in the Panhandle.

The percentage of non-Hispanic whites dropped from 78.4 percent in 2010 to 76.3 percent in 2015.