Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Businesses add 218,000 jobs in July
Businesses added 218,000 jobs in July, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, possibly signaling that the government this week will report yet another month of strong employment gains. More at USA Today.
» Small business hiring cools off in July
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Optimism prevails in Florida homeowners survey
Nearly seven in 10 Florida homeowners believe the value of their home will go up over the next 12 months, according to a survey by BMO Harris Bank. Florida homeowners are more optimistic about the rising value of their homes than are homeowners nationwide. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Florida 1.3% hurricane tax to end in January
Florida regulators announced they are ending a 1.3 percent assessment on property insurance premiums 18 months ahead of schedule. The monies had been used to pay off bonds issued by the state’s hurricane catastrophe fund in 2010. More at the Insurance Journal.
Slow release of oil spill funds frustrates Florida
The Obama administration isn't moving fast enough to release hundreds of millions of dollars slated to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Florida officials said Thursday. More at the Fort Myers News-Press.
Florida banks lead nation in most missed bailout payments
Florida-based banks lead the nation with the largest amount of missed dividend payments to the federal government for the taxpayer-funded bailout. More at the South Florida Business Journal.
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