Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent
Florida's unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in October, a new six-year-low, as the stated added a healthy 34,400 jobs over the month. Over the past year, the state has added 206,800 jobs, a 2.7 percent increase. The bulk of new jobs, as always, came in the private sector but government also was up by 2,400 jobs from September. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Small-business owners find creative ways to handle Obamacare
Individual consumers have had a year to get used to purchasing health plans on the new federal healthcare marketplace. But for business owners like Ron Holt, the learning curve is only just beginning. More at Yahoo Finance.
Small retailers push hard to rise above the crowd
In 2010, American Express decided to begin promoting shopping at small businesses by declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday. The giant credit card company's national advertising muscle helped the notion of supporting smaller retailers to catch on as part of the Thanksgiving shopping tradition, which includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More at Gannett.
Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment
Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days. They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun - real life fun. More at the AP.
Column: Florida still draws gobs of cash from Uncle Sam
Florida punted on taking about $51 billion over a decade to add more than 900,000 people to its state-federal health insurance program. But Florida is still a sponge for federal cash – just certain types of it. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton signed the largest contract in American sports history on Wednesday, a 13-year, $325 million deal. See a slideshow of the biggest sports contracts in sports history from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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