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CareerSource centers dealing with their own layoffs as economy rises

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In an ironic economic twist painful to some, Florida’s agencies charged with helping unemployed people find jobs are facing budget cutbacks because of the state’s declining unemployment rate — and some now are forced to lay off a few of their own workers. CareerSource Florida‘s 24 regional CareerSource agencies are facing budget cuts, some deep, and in many cases that means layoffs of those people who help other people who’ve been laid off. In pure numbers, hardest hit is likely…

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Florida’s economic development efforts are ‘underperforming’

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Florida’s state economic development efforts are “underperforming,” according to a new legislative report.   An undesirable label by any standard, critics and lawmakers already skeptical of providing taxpayer support for private businesses are likely to seize on the bureaucratic euphemism and underlying findings to bolster their anti-incentives position ahead of the March state legislative session. The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, a nonpartisan legislative research office, conducted a comprehensive review of Enterprise Florida Inc. and the Department of…

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Tampa Bay region led state in job demand in September

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Job hunters, take note. The Tampa area led the state in job demand in September with 47,267 job openings. The area, according to the governor’s office, was also first in the state for high-skill, high-wage STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations with 15,199 openings last month. “Tampa-area businesses continue to be some of the top job creators in Florida, adding 32,000 new private-sector jobs in the last year,” said Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Friday. “Tampa also leads…

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Florida unemployment rate at 4.7% in May

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The state’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, according to new employment figures released by state’s jobs agency Friday. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in May, down from 4.8 percent in April. The rate is down from 5.4 percent a year ago, according to monthly employment numbers released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The state added 21,500 private sector jobs in the one-month period. Since May 2015, the state has added 239,000 private sector jobs.…

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Florida’s unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent

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Florida’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in eight years. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, down from 5.6 percent a year earlier. That’s significantly down from December 2010, when the state’s unemployment rate was 10.7 percent. In a statement Friday, Gov. Rick Scott said the “unemployment rate is at the lowest it has been in eight years at 4.9 percent.” “We have cut taxes over 55 times since 2010, including more than $1 billion…

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Rick Scott: Florida’s private-sector job growth tops large states

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Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that Florida’s private-sector growth rate of 3.6 percent in November was the highest among the country’s 10 most-populous states. November marked the ninth consecutive month Florida was tops among large states. The state’s private-sector job growth rate was also higher than the national growth rate of 2.1 percent. “Florida businesses have create more than ONE MILLION jobs in only five years, and just last week we learned Florida’s population surpassed 20 million residents,” Scott said…

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Study finds St. Pete ranks poorly among big cities in police-spending efficiency

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St. Petersburg taxpayers may not be seeing such a great return on their investment in the city’s police force. According to WalletHub.com, of the 104 most populated U.S. cities, St. Pete ranked 95th in police spending efficiency. The personal finance website came up with the rankings — which they call their “ROI (return on investment) on law-enforcement spending” ratings — based on crime rates and per capita expenditures on police forces. St. Pete’s crime rate came in at 5.92 percent,…

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