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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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Florida consumer sentiment up in July, reversing a three-month slide

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased in July to 93.7, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. This reading is four points higher than June’s revised figure of 89.7, turning upward after three straight months of declines and marking the second-highest reading over the past year. Of the five components that make up the index, four increased and one decreased. Perception of one’s personal financial situation now compared with a year ago increased three points, from 83.5 to 86.5.…

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