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Rick Baker looks to revive his campaign with ‘blueprint’ for St. Pete

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Even before he officially announced in May that he would challenge Rick Kriseman for mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Baker was playing offense.

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In job growth, blue states outpaced red states in past year

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States that voted for Hillary Clinton in last week’s presidential election reported stronger job growth in the previous year than states that supported Donald Trump, according to data released by the Labor Department Friday. Large cities in states where voters were more likely to support Trump also lagged in job growth, a separate analysis by Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, a job search website, also found. The figures add credence to the idea that economic concerns contributed to Trump’s…

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Florida unemployment rate steady at 4.7 percent

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Florida’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent in July, despite the creation of 26,500 new private-sector jobs, state officials announced Friday. Out of a labor force of more than 9.7 million Floridians, 456,000 could not find work. Gov. Rick Scott noted that July marked the 52nd consecutive month that Florida job growth outpaced the national level, which grew by 1.9 percent compared to 3.3 percent for the state. Florida created 135,900 new jobs thus far this year, he said,…

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December extends Florida private-sector job growth streak to 10 months

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Florida extended its streak of leading large states in private-sector job growth to 10 months, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Sunshine State’s December rate clocked in at 3.5 percent, beating the national rate of 2.1 percent and besting fellow large states California, New York and, much to the pleasure of Gov. Rick Scott, Texas. “Florida’s job growth is growing faster than the largest states in the nation, including Texas,” Scott said in a news…

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Tampa Bay job demand outpaces other Southern cities

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The Tampa Bay region leads the southern U.S. in job demand. According to the online job posting and search site, ZipRecruiter, the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area ranked number one among cities in the “Sunbelt.” Tampa Bay is ranked with a +140.0 hiring demand index measured by relative monthly job growth across the entire country. ZipRecruiter’s data shows the biggest job growth with higher numbers, but any positive number represents a “significant hiring demand.” The Tampa region doubles its next closest follower,…

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