As the multifamily industry forges ahead in full swing, the swift pace of recovery is more than apparent in Jacksonville, where fundamentals continue to show strength. The metro ranked among leading markets for year-over-year rent growth as of July, with rates up 17.4 percent. On a trailing three-month basis, rents were up 3.1 percent to $1,331, still well below the $1,510 U.S. average.
Private sector employment in the metro increased by 35,800 jobs in the 12 months ending in July, equal to a 5.8 percent uptick, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The Jacksonville area labor force expanded by 54,077 in 12 months, up 6.9 percent. Unemployment figures also improved as of July, with the rate at 5.1 percent in Florida and 4.5 percent in metro Jacksonville. A recent study from Stessa ranked Jacksonville fourth among major U.S. metros recording the most economic growth in 2021.
Jacksonville had 7,104 units under construction as of July, 94 percent of which are in upscale communities. Yardi Matrix expects 4,659 apartments to come online across the metro this year, exceeding 2020 delivery levels, as well as surpassing the 2019 decade peak, when 4,437 units were completed. Meanwhile, investment sales amounted to $700 million this year as of July, with some 7,100 units changing hands.