Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
U.S. employers add 192K jobs; rate stays at 6.7 percent
U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth. More at the AP and McClatchy.
Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents
These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon. More at the AP.
Cruise 'Hall of Fame' to honor industry stalwarts
South Florida's position as a cruise industry powerhouse is hard to miss. And on Saturday, executives of two South Florida cruise companies will be honored by the Cruise Lines International Association and inducted into its 2014 Cruise Industry Hall of Fame. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Universal's retro Cabana Bay resort aims for value
The ambitious Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando's new 1,800-room hotel, which carries a reported price tag of some $206 million, is aiming to attract more value-oriented tourists. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida's growing Alzheimer's population requires more research
The number of Floridians affected with Alzheimer's is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, putting a strain on Florida's health care system and increasing costs for taxpayers, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch. Read the full report.
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