Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Summer jobs to be more plentiful, higher paying
Overall, more than a third of private-sector employers, 36 percent, are hiring seasonal workers this summer, up from 30 percent last year and an average of 21 percent from 2008 to 2011. The rebound in summer jobs should be good news for college and high-school students. More at the Miami Herald.
Around the State
Blue Crew: JetBlue's 'Lodge'
JetBlue’s $25-million “Lodge” at the Orlando International Airport is no ordinary hotel.
The four-story, 196-room hotel is designed as a high-end dorm for the airline’s more than 7,000 crew members who spend time each year training in Orlando.
Florida jobless rate drops slightly in April
The state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in April. That's a slight decline from the previous month. Florida added 24,500 jobs last month according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity. More at the AP.
Compulsive-gambling treatment shortchanged in Florida
Since 2011, the state has taken money intended to help problem gamblers and spent it elsewhere, allocating as little as $264,000 to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling from an available $1.75 million fund. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
U.S. patients turn to online pharmacies for cheap meds
Whether it’s a textbook, a vacuum cleaner or a month’s supply of K-cups, Americans have learned that they can find household goods for less online. Each year, 5 million U.S. consumers apply that principle to prescription medicines, and many of the drugs they receive are shipped from overseas. More at the International Business Times.
Theme parks introduce food apps for restaurant orders
Theme parks are using technology to reduce waits, but not just for rides. They have started to allow customers to skip the cashier and order food ahead of time. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Independently owned consignment and resale stores, especially those selling children's clothes and gear, seem to continually open in small strip centers throughout Tampa Bay only to close a year or two later. Yet, Estella Myers has made her store, Stellie Bellies Kiddie & Maternity Resale Boutique, work for 15 years.
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