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Duval County , including the city of Jacksonville is a major insurance, banking, and shipping center, as well as the site of a naval air station and many state offices, including the Vital Statistics Office of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1992 there were 378 farms in Duval County, totaling 40,039 acres (7% of the total land in the county). In 1991, 23,220 thousand-board feet of softwood logs and 99,379 cords of softwood for pulp were produced. In 1991, 2,044,424 pounds of fish and 1,646,553 pounds of shellfish were landed in Duval County.

More than 50,000 new jobs have been created by companies expanding or relocating to Duval County during the last five years. The continual influx of new business into Jacksonville is driven by the positive economic climate the city boasts. Jacksonville's deep-water port is the 14th largest in the U.S. and handles shipments from around the globe. Jacksonville's appeal as a premier place to do business has been reinforced by national media attention, including a steady ranking among the "top ten best places to live" by Money magazine. Plus, for the third time in six years, Jacksonville topped the list of "America's Hottest Cities" for 2003 according to Expansion Management Magazine. Many large employers, both manufacturing and non-manufacturing, have established strong footholds in Duval County. The result is an open market of thriving competition that recruits more new business to the area on a daily basis.

In 2004 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors in Duval County. It had an average wage per job of $25,661. Per capita income grew by 15.5% between 1993 and 2003 (adjusted for inflation.)

Industries providing employment in Duval County:

Retail Trade
Educational, health and social services
Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing
Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services


 

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