The many different metropolitan areas in this region are all having different experiences in this recession. Washington, D.C., and its suburbs got whacked by the high-tech debacle, but they can always depend on the U.S. government to provide a steady source of employment and market demand for office space.
Atlanta remains among the nation's leaders in new home construction, but the area's 18.3 percent office vacancy rate is the highest the area has seen in 10 years.
Florida's economy will benefit from the fact that more people are expected to move into Florida in the next five years than any other state except California, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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