Orlando tourism boosts job count

Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2013 8:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Tourism continued its statewide surge in 2012, nowhere more strongly than at theme parks in the Orlando area, which added thousands of jobs and pumped millions of dollars into the local economy with ongoing expansions.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 8:34 AM

Having recently read Married to The Mouse, these job reports are interesting because, as far as the local economy is concerned, these kinds of jobs are often the "wrong kind." Low-wage service jobs combined with a huge retired community create an inadequate tax base to an extent to support public services and infrastructure. It's a really weird situation.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 9:18 AM

But to some extent, it seems that those low-pay service-sector jobs are the vast majority of what's being created nationally. There are definitely a few cities that buck the trend, but without a major overhaul I don't see it changing any time soon.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 1:42 PM

True, but it illustrates the point that there isn't a "class war" going on, it's just the nature of where the market is taking us.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 4:24 PM

We are becoming an economy of those who receive a service and those who provide a service. Frankly, we are a bunch of hookers and johns but the proverbial hookers aren't getting paid as well as the actual hookers.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:04 PM

Jeff said:

True, but it illustrates the point that there isn't a "class war" going on, it's just the nature of where the market is taking us.

Maybe not an overt war, but it's certainly becoming increasingly difficult to switch classes, regardless of how much hard work and talent you have.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:54 AM

I disagree to an extent. When I was a kid, everyone always talked about being "good with computers" as the ticket to a bright future. The problem is that it never materialized beyond "can post on Facebook." There is so much opportunity in technology if people are willing to go in that direction.

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