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Florida Chamber poll: Job creation is top concern for Florida voters

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Florida voters’ top concern is job creation and improving the economy, found a new poll by the Florida Chamber Political Institute released Wednesday. The poll was released in conjunction with the annual Florida Chamber Capitol Days. “This poll clearly shows that voters, like the Florida Chamber, agree that good jobs for everyone is a top priority,” said Marian Johnson, senior vice president of policy strategy of the Florida Chamber, in a news release. “And, in a state where one in…

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Consumer sentiment drops in December amid personal finance concerns

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Consumer sentiment fell slightly in December to 90.2, down almost 1 point from November’s revised reading, but 2.6 points higher than last December, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Among the five components that make up the index, three declined, and two increased. The perception of the personal financial situation now compared with a year ago dropped 7.3 points to 79.6. The expectation of personal finances one year from now fell one-tenth of a point to 98.4.…

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Report: Floridians spend more in 2014 as economy improves

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New data shows Floridians spent more in 2014 as the economy improved. The Sun Sentinel reports statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Florida outpaced the nation’s annual increase in personal consumption – 4.9 percent compared to 4.2 percent. The increase in spending stems from many factors including more discretionary income from heightened economic activity and lower gasoline prices. The bureau also reports that goods and services produced in Florida increased 2.7 percent last year compared…

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Florida consumer sentiment ticks up in November in time for holiday sales

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose more than 2 points in November to 91.5, up more than 5 points compared with November last year, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Among the five components that make up the index, four increased and one declined. Perception of personal finance now compared with a year ago showed the greatest increase, surging 6.4 points to 86.2. While all income groups had improved readings regarding personal finances, the increase was particularly strong…

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Today on Context Florida: Syrian refugee showdown, skin in the war game and it’s still the economy

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Today on Context Florida: President Obama and the GOP are headed for a high-stakes showdown on the issue of Syrian refugees, says Bob Sparks. Europe is absorbing large numbers of those refugees, but many more seemingly have nowhere to go. This country, as we usually do, pledged to help by taking some. That was before Paris. With as much humanity as we can muster, the influx must be postponed. Not cancelled, but postponed until the identities and intentions of those entering…

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St. Pete’s state of the economy reception message: We’re awesome

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Officials in St. Pete hosted a reception Tuesday to go over the state of the city’s economy. Basically, it was a commercial for the city, complete with a free drink for anyone in attendance. And the event wasn’t very well-scheduled, considering organizers nestled the reception in the middle of Election Day, ensuring most reporters were too busy to notice. In any case, the take-away was a good one. St. Pete, like, So. Totally. Rocks. First of all, the city is growing. St. Pete’s population…

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Florida consumer confidence drops in October, low-income households gloomiest

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians fell slightly in October to 88.8, down less than half a point from September’s revised reading, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Among the five components that make up the index, one decreased while two increased and two remained unchanged. “The greatest decline in the consumer sentiment index was among those with household income less than $50,000 per year while the biggest increase came from those with incomes above that mark,” said Hector…

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