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Survey says Floridians feeling financial stress

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With many people worried about a lack of high-paying jobs, 60 percent of Floridians say they feel financial stress in their households, according to results of the 2017 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released this week by the University of South Florida.

The survey found that six in 10 Floridians feel at least some financial stress, though that is down from 71 percent in 2015. The most financial stress was found among unemployed people, households with incomes under $35,000, African-Americans, people without college educations and women.

The survey also found the most stress in South Florida, where costs of living are higher than in other parts of the state.

“The biggest threat to Florida’s economy, Floridians say, is the lack of well-paying jobs — and their concerns are on the rise,” University of South Florida political-science professor Susan MacManus, the project director, wrote in a summary of the survey results.

The survey of 1,215 Floridians was conducted from July 24 to Aug. 14 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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