The area's growth rate in non-farm jobs in a March 2000 to March2001 comparison is 2.63% versus a 3.57% expansion in 2000 over1999. Florida's aggregate growth rate is 3.49% over the 12-monthperiod. Orlando added 23,700 jobs.

The numbers were crunched by Dr. David F. Scott Jr., executivedirector, Dr. Phillips Institute for the Study of American BusinessActivity, and Phillips-Schenck, chairholder at the university.

"Rarely has Orlando's pace of payroll jobs creation lagged thatfor all of Florida, but that is now the situation," Scott Scott's numbers are rarely challenged in Orlando'sbusiness community.

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