October 30, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 12/11/2012

Where the jobs will (and won't) be In 2013

Though Florida is still recovering from the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 and the state unemployment rate sits at 8.5%, almost a point higher than the national rate of 7.7%, some pockets of the state are experiencing strong job growth. In fact employers in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area are projecting a net job increase of 23%, the highest in the nation. More from Forbes.

Also see this article on Florida Career Connections:
» Where the jobs are in Florida


Enterprise Florida reports $40 million in sales from Colombia trip

Enterprise Florida's trade mission to Colombia netted $40 million in sales for the 110 Companies that attended, Cabinet officials learned this morning. Enterprise Florida President Gray Swoope told the Cabinet that reports provided by the companies that attended the three-day mission revealed the $40 million sum. More at the Tallahassee Democrat.


Disney moving all cruise ships to Florida

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How is Florida as a place to do business?

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Louise Léger, Consul General of Canada in Miami tells us:

"Canada exports over $4 billion to Florida. Florida exports about $3.6 billion to us. We are owners of 200 companies in this state. That’s direct jobs of 25,684. Not too many people know how important the relationship is to the state of Florida."

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Walt Disney Co. is moving all four of is cruise ships to Florida during the first half of 2014. The company announced the decision after an extended run on the U.S. west coast. Officials say the weak European economy played a role in the decision to bring the ships to Florida. More at the AP.


Peeking over the fiscal cliff: What’s down there?

Now just weeks away, a crisis looms that might touch every paycheck in the land, and government services from the border to national parks. What is the fiscal cliff? How did we get to the edge? And what does it mean for Americans if the government goes over it? Here are some answers. More at McClatchy.


Florida students still struggle with math classes

Across Florida, remedial classes at community and state colleges are full with students. More than half of the high school graduates who took the college placement test had to take at least one remedial class. And while many of those students struggle with basic reading and writing skills, the subject they’re most unprepared for in college is math. More at StateImpact Florida.

Out of the Box
Can Boca become the new Borscht Belt?

 Jewish wife jokes, as well as wisecracks about Jewish mothers, Catskills hotels and retirement life, dominated the routines performed on Friday in auditions for "Old Jews Got Talent," two stand-up comedy shows planned for February and March. Rabbi Michael Stern, founder of Rabbi Without Walls, an outreach program for unaffiliated Jews, hopes the shows mark the beginning of his plan to create an entertainment troupe of senior citizens who crack jokes, play instruments, sing and dance.

» Read more and watch video from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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