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Business briefcase

Despite economic trends, Floridians bullish on money matter

Published January 9, 2006

Two recent polls suggest Floridians are almost irrationally exuberant about the future.

University of Florida's consumer confidence survey jumped 6 points in December, surprising researchers who expected rising interest rates and expected hikes in energy prices to give Floridians pause.

Hudson Employment Index found Florida's workers had the highest confidence level of any group nationwide, with New Yorkers at the bottom.

More Floridians expect their employers to add staff. No one mentioned pay rates.

And the percent of Floridians who consider their finances "poor" declined.

High credit card debt, low savings rates and a slowdown in real estate apparently are no biggie. Rock on!

[Last modified January 10, 2006, 17:48:29]

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