Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida's unemployment rate falls to 6.2 percent
Florida's unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent to 6.2 percent in December, the lowest point in five-and-a-half years. Florida added of 14,100 jobs over the month, a noticeable improvement from November but shy of the bump some expected given other early indicators. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
» Official numers from Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity
» Leon County had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in December
» Broward unemployment falls to 5 percent; Palm Beach at 6 percent
» Announcement from Gov. Rick Scott (press release)
Florida Blue staffs up to deal with flood of new customers
The Jacksonville-based carrier was swamped with customers signing up on the Affordable Care Act. It is the only insurer offering plans in all 67 Florida counties on the federal health exchange, an online marketplace. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Checking Work Email at Night? Here's Why You Should Stop
Using a smartphone to get more work done at night makes employees less productive the next day, new research suggests. Workers who monitored their smartphones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged the following day on the job, researchers found. More at Business News Daily.
Talks aimed at healing trauma divisions in Florida
Trauma surgeons, hospital lawyers and the Florida Department of Health’s top attorney held a day-long negotiating session aimed at coming up with a rule that could play a key role in determining where trauma centers will be allowed to open in the future. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Crowd-funding festival to feature marketing, design experts
A speaker series designed to share ideas in design, entrepreneurship, marketing and music will be headlined by experts in social media and artistic design. The festival will take place April 9-13 in downtown Jacksonville. More at the Florida Times-Union.
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