After the debilitating recession from 2007 to 2009 that cost thousands of people their jobs, Florida is again among the national leaders in job creation at the halfway mark of 2016, according to Florida TaxWatch. Most housing experts say that job increases are one of the best predictors of a strong housing market.

The state has added approximately 244,500 non-farm jobs and Florida's overall employment is among the highest in the country. Through the first six months of 2016 the state's unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% from 5.1%. This puts Florida's unemployment rate at an eight year low.

"Florida is once again the best state in the country to find a job", says Florida TaxWatch President Dominic M. Calabro.