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Jacksonville Creates 8,000 jobs in 2011

9:13 AM, Jan 11, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The new year is ushering in optimism with new jobs moving to the First Coast.

Today, Birnie Bus Service based in Rome, N.Y., announced it will be hiring 275 bus drivers and monitors later this year according to a news release from the company. These jobs are not available for applications yet. 

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Birnie prevailed in a competitive bid to handle bus services for Duval County Schools.  

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce said 2011 was an okay year considering the economic climate. Chamber Executive Vice President Jerry Mallot said the city gained 8,000 jobs and the chamber landed about a dozen businesses.

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Mallot also said the city's unemployment rate dropped nearly 2 percent in 2011 - another good sign he said.

"The governor (Rick Scott) is doing a good job of really getting focused on job creation," said Mallot.

But Ann Benn is unemployed and said she is having a hard time landing a job as an executive assistant. "Past frustrating, just hopeless. It just feels hopeless," said Benn, outside the WorkSource office located at Gateway.

What does the future hold for jobs? Mallot said an election year will likely hamper breakout job growth, but he expects 2013 and 2014 to be great years.

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