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Private equity funds invested $41.8 billion in 219 Florida-based companies in 2016, supporting 33,733 jobs, according to the American Council's annual analysis.  Florida ranked 4th in the nation for investment from private equity (measured in dollars invested), following Texas, California, and Massachusetts, according to the Top States and Districts in 2016 analysis.  All together, more than $644 billion was invested in U.S. companies in 2016.  Florida also ranked 4th for the number of companies receiving investment following California, Texas, and New York.  That is up from 2015, when the state ranked 6th.  In total, 3,765 companies across the nation received investment.  Nationwide, 60% of the capital went to two sectors: Information Technology and Business Services.  "The industry's $644 billion in 2016 investments is long-term capital that contributes to sustained growth in all 50 states and leads to successful returns for pensions, university endowments, charitable foundations, and other investors," said Mike Sommers, CEO of AIC an advocacy organization for the private equity industry.  The AIC's annual report ranks the top 20 states, breaks down which business sectors received the most PE investments, and provides aggregate numbers detailing private equity's domestic impact.

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