In April 2012 the Daily News ran an online poll asking, "Who is helping the economic recovery the most?"
Thirty percent voted "the economy isn't recovering," 24 percent said "Mitt Romney would have been the answer" and 19 percent voted "President Obama."
According to a McClatchy Washington Bureau report there are reasons to finally believe that the coming year will be markedly better than the last, and that a fits-and-starts-recovery will hit its stride.
Florida's unemployment rate is below the national average at 6.2 percent, the lowest its been in 5 1/2 years.The latest numbers by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show Lee’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent last month, while Collier’s fell to 5.4 percent.
Naples continues to be a star on the real estate stage according to housing experts at for Florida Realtors’ annual real estate and economic summit.
Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac, predicts mortgage rates, now in the 4.5 percent range for a traditional 30-year fixed-rate loan, will move up to about only 5 percent by the end of 2014.
Florida Realtors chief economist John Tuccillo noted that, overall, Florida’s home prices are about at the level they were in 2004.
This past weekend, the Naples Winter Wine Festival raised $13.5 million for children's charities in Southwest Florida, ranking in the top three festivals since 2001.
Given these numbers, the Daily News would like to hear from its readers again. Please vote in the poll below.
2014 Economic recovery poll