What you need to know about Florida today
Planned job cuts at 'pre-recession' levels
Jobs cuts planned by employers are at "pre-recession levels," according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which released its September report on layoffs Thursday. In September, Florida's planned job cuts bumped up to 1,818 compared to 1,638 a year ago. In August, 1,400 layoffs were announced. But year-to-date, employers in the state have announced 13,259 job cuts, down from 19,736 in 2011. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
» Jobless rate tumbles to near four-year low
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
At 46, Naples banker Jerry J. Williams he was leading Orion Bank, the second-largest Florida-based bank and the source of his substantial wealth. He had a private plane, a seven golf handicap and a devoted family. But the high times would not last long.
Lawmakers condemn possible BP settlement
Lawmakers representing Northwest Florida reacted strongly Thursday to word that a deal is being discussed to give the federal government control over BP fine money — and tax deductions to the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. [Source: News Herald]
Florida No. 35 for entrepreneurship
Florida fell five spots to No. 35 in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s State Entrepreneurship Index for 2012. The survey shows the Sunshine State had 0.6 patents per thousand residents. [Source: Jacksonville Business Journal]
» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:
- Why Visitors Still Flock to Florida : Tourism has been one of the few bright spots amid a lagging economy. What's behind the big surge in visitors?
- Mercy Mission: Clemency Lawyer Reggie Garcia helps convicted felons get their rights back.
- Business Profile: Safariland makes body armor and other protective equipment for law enforcement and military customers.
- Windows of Opportunity: Miami-Dade is one of the largest deposit markets in the nation, and the county’s community banks have been attractive acquisition targets for larger banks.
» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.
Simulated 'wounds' prepare combat medics for real thing
Torn from a soldier's body by an improvised explosive device, the bloody, severed leg lay on the floor — a sight far too familiar for many of the Americans who have fought in wars during the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this injury didn't take place during some faraway battle; it was a highly realistic simulation, created by an Orlando-area company to help train U.S. combat medics around the world.
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