Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida's unemployment rate falls to 5.8 percent
Florida's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from October's rate of 6 percent, Gov. Rick Scott said Friday morning. Florida added a sizeable 41,900 jobs over the month Compared to a year ago, the state is up by 229,900 jobs. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Holiday parties back in full swing, and then some
Back in 2009, when the economy was reeling, many companies scrapped their holiday parties or held scaled-back cocktail hours at the office, no spouses allowed. Seasonal soirees have been slowly ramping back up since then, but this year, the party is back on, in a big way. More at the Boston Globe.
UF athletics receives record donation
With the help of a record $12.5 million donation from an anonymous donor, construction on a new academic learning center for Florida athletes will begin in March. The donation is the largest individual gift to UF athletics. More at the Gainesville Sun.
Jacksonville's One Spark ranked among world's best festivals
After only two years, Jacksonville’s One Spark crowdfunding festival is ranked among the top 300 festivals in the world. In fact, it’s in the top 25, according to Fest300 Magazine. More at the Florida Times-Union.
A cyber-success in South Florida tech
Success stories in South Florida entrepreneurship don’t always follow the classic script of dream, launch, grow, sell and start all over again. Sometimes the founder starts out as an “accidental entrepreneur,” stays with the acquiring company and grows the team into a successful division, providing jobs that power the local economy. More at the Miami Herald.
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