December 21, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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Florida leads nation in new job creation

Throughout the state, the construction and hospitality-industry sectors have posted significant job gains in the past year, as have white-collar sectors like financial activities and professional and business services. More at the Miami Herald the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Bloomberg News.


4 years after BP spill, many still wait for compensation

An optometrist had to take out a loan to pay his employees. A waitress had to find another job because the customers stopped coming. A property manager had to give up the extras in her life the year “the whole summer got canceled.” Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, these people are among thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and their employees awaiting the reimbursements promised by BP. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

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Bright Futures funding dwindling

Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship program for university and college students has been on the decline in recent years. At its peak, the merit scholarship program — created in 1997 and funded from Lottery proceeds — spent $429 million a year and provided financial support to 179,000 students. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


South Florida trade down 7 percent

The value of South Florida's trade with the world fell by 7 percent in the first two months of this year, continuing the downward trend of late 2013, new data show. South Florida's goods trade slipped to $18 billion for the two-month period from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Clearwater:
From Surf to Success

Exciting ClearwaterAn ideal place to live, work and play, Clearwater has positioned itself for continued economic growth. From surf to city, Clearwater's tale of success has no end in sight. Read on to learn why ...
» Exciting Clearwater


Wages, employer costs rising

A raise or perhaps a new perk may be around the corner if you're employed in South Florida. Employers are feeling pressure to increase workers' wages and benefits to stay competitive as the economy continues to improve in Broward County, according to a report. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Law would protect Florida children from identity theft
You've taught your kids about stranger danger. You make sure they wear helmets when riding a bike and seat belts in a car. But how do you protect them from someone stealing their identity? In the growing scourge of identity theft, children — with their pristine credit histories — are an especially lucrative target.

› Universal takes bigger share of theme-park attendance
Universal Orlando's second Harry Potter land is set to open by summer, and that could be bad news for Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando.

› A banner 2013 for Pinellas tourism is leading to a strong 2014
2012 was Pinellas County's best year ever for tourism. But it didn't get to hold the record for long. That's because 2013 results are in, and now it stands as the best year ever in the annals of Pinellas tourism.

› Launched, grown, sold: What’s next for .CO co-founders?
Champagne popped and bonuses flowed after .CO Internet closed its chapter as an independent company and became part of the publicly traded Neustar last week.


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