Hurricane Recovery Assistance in Hendry County, Florida

At first glance, Hendry County's statistics show an area with significant challenges. Every mention of the County in the news is immediately followed with the unemployment rate - 6.5% in December 2017, the highest in the state of Florida by a full percentage point. The population is just above 38,000, with 26.3% below the poverty level and 37.5% without a high school diploma. Although the local economy is dependent on crop and animal production, especially citrus and sugar cane, the County has no fresh food markets. To make matters worse, Hurricane Irma last year hit the County hard.

Economic Impact: Certain occupations dependent on R&D show an impressive relationship between innovation and growth

Businesses and nations that spend more on research and development grow at a faster pace, according to many studies. More than half of all R&D expenses on average are attributable to labor, according to an analysis of countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

R&D Employment: Innovation and Growth

Studies show a positive relationship between innovation and growth. Companies with a higher degree of R&D orientation grow faster than other firms. Further, nations with greater expenditures on R&D as a percentage of GDP also experience faster economic growth.