Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida posts lowest jobless rate since 2008
Florida's unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent in April, the lowest since 2008. The rate dropped from 7.5 percent in March and 8.9 percent from last year at this time, according to data released this morning. The state added 17,000 jobs from March to April, and 119,000 jobs from April 2012. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
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With help from his shop foreman, and using scrap aluminum tubes, Scott Gerber built a stick man. It was about 6 feet and had a “big smiley face.” He brought it home. A neighbor liked it and asked him to build her one to hold a mailbox. He did — and realized he had the seed of a business.
Zillow: South Florida homebuyers break even in 2 years
Buying a home in South Florida is more affordable than renting after only two years, according to Zillow.com. A first-quarter study by the real estate website showed that Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties tied with Detroit for the nation's shortest break-even point, beyond which buying becomes cheaper than renting. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Massive new convention center and hotel in the works for downtown Miami
A big player in downtown Miami development has solidified plans to build a major, privately financed convention center topped by a massive, 1,800-room hotel — the largest in South Florida — on the site of the demolished Miami Arena. [Source: Miami Herald]
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