Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida unemployment tumbles to 7.5 percent
Florida's job recovery continued in March, with the state's unemployment rate tumbling to a four-and-a-half year low of 7.5 percent, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported Friday morning. That's down from a revised rate of 7.7 percent in February. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the Brevard Times.
In a desperate bid to save a nearly extinct species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it is launching a captive breeding program for Florida's grasshopper sparrow.
If they do nothing, experts predict the sparrow will go extinct in three to five years, just like its cousin, the dusky seaside sparrow. The dusky disappeared from the Earth in 1987 when the last survivor died at Disney World.
If the Florida grasshopper sparrow vanishes, it would be the first bird species to go extinct in the United States since then
Debt: We avoid speaking about it
Debt is more than a four-letter word. It's also a taboo conversation topic. We'd rather talk about our sex life than our credit card debt. A scientific survey commissioned by CreditCards.com found that nearly 85 percent of respondents were somewhat or very unlikely to discuss the amount of credit card debt they carry. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Florida House approves natural gas motor fuel bill
Sponsored by State Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, The Natural Gas Motor Fuel bill (HB 579), would eliminate existing decal and license programs for natural gas fuel, and instead require the same licensing and taxes that now apply to diesel vendors. [Source: Jacksonville Business Journal]
» On FloridaTrend.com: Features of interest, in case you missed them:
- Retirement Planning: Florida wealth managers give advice in a special report.
- Florida's Economy in 2013: Florida Trend's "Economic Yearbook" is online with region-by-region snapshots.
- Florida's Legal Elite: In 2012, 1,348 Florida attorneys were named by their peers as legal leaders.
- Golden Spoon Award: Find a restaurant for Mother's Day, which is May 12.
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