October 1, 2014

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 11/22/2013

Men struggling to regain jobs lost to recession

The recovery needs to man up already. Women have regained all the jobs they lost during the financial crisis, but men are still lagging behind. After losing more than 6 million jobs, men have gained only about 70% of them back, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More from CNNMoney and the Orlando Sentinel.


Some GOP governors embracing Medicaid expansion

The health-care fight consuming Washington looks a little different at the state level where a handful of Republican governors have embraced a central tenet of the new law: expanding Medicaid to cover the poor. Read more at the Wall Street Journal and see also:

» Report Claims Florida In 'Secret' Medicaid Expansion Talks
» Few Floridians to lose health plans under Obamacare, report says


Florida unemployment to be released Friday

Florida's unemployment rate for September and October is scheduled to be released at 10 a.m. Friday. It was delayed due to the federal government shutdown. We'll also learn how many jobs have been added during those two months in the state. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Florida delegation blames FEMA for moving too fast on flood insurance rate hikes

Feeling heat from constituents over rising flood insurance rates, Florida lawmakers Thursday redirected some to FEMA, saying the agency has moved too fast with changes Congress approved. Republicans and Democrats alike said they would have never voted for the legislation, designed to shore up the $24 billion-in-debt national flood insurance program, had they known it would cause substantial increases for many Florida property owners. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Related:
» The effect of changes in the national flood insurance program on Florida
[special report from Florida TaxWatch]


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South Florida income growing faster than U.S.

As a sign of the surging local economy, Broward and Palm Beach counties enjoyed a robust increase in job-related income in 2012, outpacing both the state and nation. Palm Beach County's job-related income jumped 6.3 percent from 2011 compared to the state and nation's 4.3 percent annual increase, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Vegetables are big business in Southwest Florida
Southwest Florida’s commercial vegetable harvest is ramping up in time for Thanksgiving week. The region is a major player in Florida’s fresh market vegetable industry, which in 2012 ranked second to California in the total farm gate value, with $1.1 billion worth of veggies produced.

› Rail company unveils plans for downtown Lauderdale station
A largely ignored area at the north edge of downtown Fort Lauderdale could be transformed into a new city center, with housing and retail rising around a landmark rail station that connects people to trains, buses and streetcars.

› Jacksonville one of best places for retirees and snowbirds to rent
Jacksonville is the seventh-best city in the country for retirees or those escaping northern winters to rent an apartment, according to a new ranking.

› World-renowned equestrian moves to Ocala
Sylvia Zerbini says she can communicate with her horses with just a look or a nod of her head. If that's not enough, she speaks to them in French. "Everything sounds better in French," said Zerbini, who recently announced that her world-renowned equestrian show, Liberte, will move its headquarters to BG Equestrian Resort in Marion County.


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