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Foreclosure rate falls nationally, but Florida still trending up
The evolution of the U.S. foreclosure crisis is increasingly diverging along state lines, and Florida continues to have one of the nation’s highest rates of foreclosure. On a national level, fewer homes were placed on the foreclosure track last month than in August last year, when they hit a 17-year high, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. At the same time, so-called foreclosure starts increased almost exclusively in states like Florida and New York, where the courts must sign off on foreclosures, the firm said. Full story from the AP.
Icing the competition
Hopke opened Jillycakes three years ago but has been baking her whole life. Since winning her episode, things have gotten busier as business has tripled within a week.
» Full story from the Lakeland Ledger.
'Do Not Call' list attracts fewer Floridians to sign on
Floridians' excitement over the free Do Not Call list has tapered off since it was first introduced last spring. In July, Floridians registered 37,310 telephone numbers, but only 17,159 numbers were added during August. The Do Not Call register currently has 314,626 numbers listed. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
COMMENTARY: Spare small business the campaign spotlight
Helping small business has been a dominant theme in this year’s presidential campaign. While the crush is nothing new—politicians have sung the praises of entrepreneurs at election time for decades—it feels like the nominees are pursuing them even more than usual this time around. But will their commitment to small business last beyond election day? More at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Florida hip implant patients tell of suffering, file lawsuits
More South Floridians filed lawsuits this week against the company that recalled a hip implant because it was poisoning recipients. Three patients from Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach are the latest seeking compensation as they cope with a range of heavy metal poisoning symptoms from the Rejuvenate model of hip implant made by Stryker Orthopaedic. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Medical jobs among best-paying future careers
The U.S. unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent in October 2009, and has since slowly improved, flirting with 8 percent in August. Despite the downward trend, the rate is still more than double pre-recession levels. As the economy continues to recover and more people return to the work force, many are trying to find the right career — one that is hiring and will pay well. More at the MSNBC and 24/7 Wall Street.
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