March 23, 2018

Friday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/18/2017

State releases latest employment figures

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July 2017, unchanged from June 2017, and down 0.8 percentage point from a year ago. There were 411,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,114,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in July. Read the report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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» 11 US states added jobs in July

New Marlins owners to replace Samson

David Samson, the loquacious and occasionally polarizing president of the Marlins for the past 15 years, will be looking for a new job when new owners take over the franchise. More from the Miami Herald.

Carnival announces five more cruises from Tampa to Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line is adding five more cruises from Tampa to Cuba in 2018. "Following strong response to its first-ever cruises to Cuba announced earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Line has added five more voyages from Port Tampa Bay," a port release said. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida Blue to hire for 200 positions in Jacksonville

Florida Blue has 200 open positions for member care specialists that it hopes to fill soon. The positions are nine months a year with three months paid leave each year, usually May-August. More from the Florida Times-Union.

BJ's Wholesale Club grants $100,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank

BJ's Wholesale Club announced a $100,000 donation from the BJ's Charitable Foundation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The donation will help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida's agency partners increase their capacity to distribute perishable food across the region. More at Florida Trend.

Recreation Business
Boatsetter swallows up big U.S. rival

florida South Florida is already one of the world’s great boating capitals. Now the region can also claim to be a boat-sharing industry leader. Aventura-based Boatsetter, one of the biggest players in the boat-sharing industry, has announced it has acquired its rival Boatbound.

» More from the Miami Herald.

Florida Trend Profile
Social Venture Partners

florida originalsLauren Harper launched the Miami location of Social Venture Partners, a global network of venture philanthropists who provide grants, mentoring and other services to social enterprises in their local communities.

» Read more from Florida Trend.

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