Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
U.S. jobless claims dip, continuing recovery trend
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dipped more than expected last week, pointing to strengthening labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000 for the week ended June 14. More at Reuters.
Tech firms creating scores of new jobs in Orlando
Boosted by state and local incentive deals, two information technology companies — PowerDMS Inc. and NAVIS Inc. — plan to add scores of new jobs in Orlando over the next several years, officials for the companies and Orlando's economic development agency said this week. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Early end forecasted for ‘hurricane tax’
Collected to help pay claims from the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, an extra charge on homeowners- and auto-insurance policies will be removed 18 months earlier than expected. The 1.3 percent charge, added to most property and casualty lines, covers losses incurred by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund from those storm-filled seasons. More at the Miami Herald.
From smartwatch and smartpen... to smartcheat?
It used to be as simple as folding a piece of paper up your sleeve or writing on the inside of your wrist. But now, as students across the world ready themselves for exam season, cheating is going high tech. More at CNN.
Florida oyster shortage causing rise in prices
Harvesting oysters is not just a business. For men and women in Apalachicola, it's a lifestyle. Recently, the oystermen have had to change how they operate. More at WTSP.
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