Job woes stifle Tampa's real estate recovery

Overbuilt market endures slowing employment growth, pervasive negative equity problem

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Last year a reporter for an online news service asked me, "Which beaten-up market will come back quicker and stronger?" One of my responses was "Tampa, Florida."

What I appreciated about Tampa was that unlike most other Florida metros, all of which were equally crunched during the Great Recession, this Gulf of Mexico port city boasted a diversified economy and less reliance on the low-paying tourist industry.