Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Services firms in the United States grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years in July, the latest sign of an economy picking up speed in the second half of the year. The service survey covers businesses that employ 90 percent of the workforce, including retail, construction, health care and financial services firms. [Source: AP]
Florida's ninth-largest county by area is seeing a post-recession flood of investment that will bolster its traditional economic mainstays of tourism and motorsports. This report includes the cities of Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach. See the full portrait here.
The Ebola virus has hit some of West Africa's most vulnerable economies, and poorest rural areas. Investment and cross-border commerce is slowing as international companies impose restrictions on business with the countries where Ebola is present. [Source: CNN]
The demand for truck drivers has been strong since the recession ended and consumer demand for goods has increased. In Northeast Florida, demand for truck drivers is surging, placing consistently in the top five in number of online job postings, according to The Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine report. [Source: Florida Times-Union]
Low interest rates, foreign buyers and a gradual end to the foreclosure crisis are driving the modest turnaround in the nation's housing market, but there might be no better evidence of it than the number of people hoping to become brokers. [Source: AP]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› FAQ: Why legislators are remapping
At noon Thursday, legislators will assemble to map out U.S. House districts all over again, with an emphasis on changing the lines in Central and Northeast Florida. A surprising development. And complicated.
› BCS title catapults FSU up revenues list
Florida State's BCS title paid dividends, as the school generated enough licensing revenue to vault into the top 10 highest royalties this past school year among schools represented by the Collegiate Licensing Company.
» See also: Florida State assistants to make $3.375 million
› Carnival to develop $70 million cruise port in Haiti
Carnival Corp., parent company of Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, signed a letter of intent to develop a $70 million cruise port in Tortuga, Haiti.
› Forbes magazine names West Palm Beach top Florida city for business
Forbes magazine has named West Palm Beach as the top city in Florida for business and careers. Nationwide, West Palm Beach was ranked No. 54. Raleigh, N.C., topped the list, followed by Des Moines, Iowa, and Provo, Utah.
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