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Florida adds nearly 17K private sector jobs in February

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Florida added 16,800 private sector jobs in February, says national payroll firm ADP, which raises the state’s workforce to 7.34 million people. Despite the gain last month, the numbers show a 20 percent from the 20,902 jobs created in February 2016. As for the sector breakdown, ADP says the sunshine state added 2,000 goods-producing and 14,800 service-providing jobs. Professional and Business Services gained the most jobs (3,700), followed by Natural Resources/Mining and Construction (2,500); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (1,400) and…

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Trump voters not sweating their robot overlords

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A major pillar of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was bringing outsourced manufacturing jobs back to America, though increasing factory automation may make that goal a difficult one to accomplish. According to an article from Inverse, many Trump supporters are realistic about the role automation is playing in the future of manufacturing, and see the change as inevitable and largely positive. Though many American manufacturing jobs were lost to overseas factories, countries such as China are starting to push out their own workers…

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Florida adds 16,400 jobs in July, new ADP report says

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Florida added 16,400 private sector jobs last month according to a report released Wednesday by payroll company ADP. The report estimates 1,800 new jobs were added in the goods-producing sector, with the other 14,600 jobs heading to the service industry. The industry breakdown shows 5,100 jobs added in professional and business services companies, 2,800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,200 in manufacturing and 700 new jobs in mining and construction. The performance ties the jobs added in July 2015 and…

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Cosmetics legislation moving forward as Session winds down

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A proposal to overhaul archaic state regulations on Florida-based cosmetics manufacturers has gained steam from two major industry endorsements as Session winds down, though the time for the bills to move is growing shorter. The bills – HB 261 by Rep. Chris Latvala and SB 176 by Sen. Jeff Brandes — would reform a regulatory cosmetics regime manufacturers have called “unnecessary and burdensome” by cutting down on governmental red tape at the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The legislation picked up a major industry nod from the Manufacturers Association of Florida,…

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Despite resistance, Rick Scott wants $1 billion in tax cuts

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Setting up another contentious budget battle, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was expected Thursday to call for $1 billion in tax cuts, most of it targeted at businesses. Scott’s is recommending the hefty amount despite signs that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature will resist going along with such a large tax cut package. Scott, however, will argue that the dramatic tax cuts will help the state’s economy withstand the next downturn. “We can’t only create jobs when the national economy is good,”…

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