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Florida jobless rate drops slightly in April

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Florida’s jobless rate is dipping slightly. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in April. That’s a slight decline from the previous month. Florida added 24,500 jobs last month according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The state’s jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.4 percent. There are approximately 542,000 unemployed Floridians. Gov. Rick Scott announced the new unemployment rate at a central Florida medical products company. Scott has made job creation…

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Without job, but workin’ the campaign trail

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The New York Times has a story I’m surprised Alex Pickett hasn’t picked up on: Candidates for city office usually scrape by with traditional sorts of volunteers: college students, retirees, the occasional neighborhood activist. But this year, a different crowd is landing on their doorsteps: bankers, lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers and other highly credentialed professionals, all of whom have been laid off. They are flooding the offices of even the most obscure campaigns, looking for purpose and fighting off…

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