October 2, 2014

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Florida unemployment drops; job creation picks up

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in June, down a notch from 6.3 percent a month earlier, as job creation picked up. The state added 37,400 jobs over the month, according to figures released early Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.

Obama opens East Coast to oil search

The Obama administration has approved the use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday formally approved guidelines for using air cannons in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Delaware More at the AP.

Disney reaches tentative contract agreement with unions

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Ebb and flow: Managing Florida's water supply

mark howard
As the recession has receded, growth has resumed in Florida. And communities, landowners and businesses are bumping up against the limits of how much water can be pumped out of the state’s aquifers without environmental and economic catastrophe.

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Walt Disney World has reached a tentative agreement with its largest union group that includes a minimum hourly rate of $10 for its workers starting in 2016. Disney reached the agreement with the Services Trade Council, a coalition of six unions covering 21,000 full-time workers. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

How to be a grown-up: getting a job

No matter what you learn during your time in college, the biggest question you might ask yourself is this: How the heck do I become a grown-up? The Central Florida Future talked to experts to help you figure out just what it means to be a grown-up and how to get there. More at Florida Today.

Carnival tops list of “buzz improvers”

Buzz has improved for Carnival Cruise Lines more than any other U.S. brand, according to the YouGov BrandIndex mid-year 2014 Buzz Rankings Report. The consumer perception research service measured buzz, or net sentiment, for January through June of 2014. More at the Miami Herald.

Out of the Box
Florida ranks as the scariest place in the country

cameras It's no secret that Florida can be a dangerous place, but according to real estate website Estately.com, the Sunshine State is the scariest state in the nation. Using detailed criteria with 15 common fears like heights, snakes and going to the dentist, the Estately.com blog mapped out the scariest places in the U.S.

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Comic-book and gaming stores are expanding across Florida. The state's major comic & video game themed conventions continue to generate increased interest and revenue. What's your level of participation in the world of comics & gaming?

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