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Florida's economy

As a Florida resident, I take exception to the analysis of Florida given in the news article "The State of the Economy ... and the Presidential Election," July 28. The jobs currently available in First Union Bank has contributed to the unemployment problem with its acquisition of Southeast Bank. Large numbers of Southeast employees retained by First Union have taken pay cuts.

With the failure of Eastern Airlines, Pan Am, and Southeast Bank, the Miami area, which is the highest populated metropolitan area in Florida, has an unemployment rate of about 10 percent - one of the highest in the country. Nancy E. Kuhn, Coral Gables, Fla.

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