September 18, 2014

Thursday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

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U.S. jobless claims rise by 23,000

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions. More from CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.

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» How states fared on unemployment benefit claims


Fostering diversity in the workplace

Women and minority lawyers gathered in Miami last week at a Diversity and Flexibility Seminar to offer solutions, share ideas and speak candidly about the changing face of professional services businesses and how diverse talent plays an important role. More at the Miami Herald.


Report Shows Florida Seaports' Governance Model On Par With Global Leaders

Environment

Why Florida's Lionfish Ban Won't Work

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If you were trying to create the perfect invasive aquatic species, a fish capable of out-eating and out-breeding anything it comes across, chances are you wouldn’t be able to improve upon the lionfish.

» More from TIME

Florida TaxWatch partnered with the Florida Ports Council to conduct a review of port governance structure to determine the shared characteristics of top-performing ports around the world. Read more from Florida TaxWatch and see the full report.


Health insurers expect rate spike in 2015

State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their new consumers are older and sicker than anticipated. More at the AP.


Brazilians a driving force for Florida tourism

Brazilian tourists have been flocking to Florida in record numbers and quickly have become the largest group of overseas visitors to the Sunshine State, creating changes that are rippling across the state’s travel industry. More at Travel Weekly.

Space Business
Giant leap for Jacksonville launch facility

space jacksonville Cecil Spaceport took a giant leap of sorts Wednesday. The spaceport’s first tenant, Atlanta-based Generation Orbit Launch Services Inc., ran a test flight Wednesday in preparation for its first commercial launch near the end of 2016.

» More from the Florida Times-Union


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