Here is the article in the News-Press http://www.news-press.com/article/20110125/BUSINESS/11012405
You couldn't be in a better field for this area...but we would strongly recommend investing in a visit for the expressed purpose of exploring work opportunities prior to making a decision.
One of our recent buyers did this and had 2 very quick job offers and a pay increase. Minimize the stress of making this kind of life changing event by testing the waters first.
Here locally, Lee County unemployment rate in December 2010 was 12.5% and the 13th highest in Florida. The medical field has shown the most promise here in Southwest Florida and should continue to show employment growth based on the age demographics of our region.
Cape Coral was originally set up as a bedroom community with the intent to cater to mainly seasonal occupants. As the city has evolved, needs have changed. The majority of jobs are across the river in Ft Myers and surrounding areas although city council has made job creation a major focus for 2011. Medical has been the most stable industry here as well as the only industry to post small steady gains. The new VA hospital is anticipated to be completed in Nov of this year and there has been a lot of interest in developing what is now known as the "Veteran's Zone". The area directly around the new hospital is being developed to include more medical facilities, shopping, dining and a potential hotel.
Check out my website for articles about progress and potential plans.
Have a great day!
I have a friend who works at the Cape Coral hostpital I mught be able to have you network with.
We have high unemployment, mainly due to the loss of the construction jobs. However, this area is picking up and we appear to be on the road to a full recovery.
Drake Bliss, REALTOR, MBA
Aterra Realty Associates, LLC
Licensed in Florida