Last month, Florida posted its largest job gain of the year, according to payroll processor ADP. The Sunshine State added 19,450 private-sector jobs during November, more than any other state except Texas, which tacked on 28,030 positions, the ADP data released on Wednesday showed. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the new health care law, hospitals around the state are in expansion mode. Here's a look at some projects around Florida - article includes updates on these hospitals:
- Jacksonville: Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center
- Lee County: Lee Memorial Health System
- Orlando: VA Medical Center in Lake Nona, Poinciana Medical Center, Florida Hospital
- Miami: Baptist Hospital of Miami
- Martin/St. Lucie Counties: St. Lucie Medical Center, Tradition Medical Center
- Hillsborough County: BayCare Health System
- Tallahassee: Capital Regional Medical Center
- Panama City: Gulf Coast Medical Center
Florida's high school graduation rate bumped up to 75.6 percent in 2013, continuing a decade-long improvement trend, state officials announced Wednesday. The state's graduation rate has climbed steadily since 2003, when it was 56.5 percent, the report showed. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
This year, only about a third of employers of all sizes plan to give employees holiday gifts, and about a fifth will give non-performance based bonuses, according to a member survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. However, small-business owners may be less generous. [Source: Miami Herald]
This is shaping up to be the most profitable year for Florida's property insurance industry in a long time. The 10 largest Florida-based private insurers collected $283 million in net underwriting profit through the third quarter of 2013. Yet of the rate filings submitted to state regulators through October, 69 percent were for increases. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Joe's Stone Crab closes in on a century of serving Florida's famed seafood delicacy [Tampa Bay Times]
What would Joe Weiss think? Would he even recognize it now? When he fried his first fish at his sandwich joint about a century ago customers had to take a boat from Miami to reach the sandspur-covered barrier island. Inside the rickety eatery, sweating profusely, hungry patrons swatted away ferocious sand flies.
› Florida fines unemployment benefits site developer [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Florida has recovered $1.5 million in "financial restitution" from unemployment benefits website developer Deloitte Consulting, said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's executive director Jesse Panuccio in an update Wednesday evening.
› Bauer reveals most vulnerable South Florida banks [South Florida Business Journal]
Fewer South Florida banks were in critical condition in the third quarter according to Bauer Financial’s review of their safety and soundness.
› New investment fund built to support HackerHouse [Gainesville Sun]
A second semester of The HackerHouse has come and gone with new startups and developments emerging from the historic Victorian house turned innovation hub in the Duck Pond neighborhood in Gainesville.
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› Audubon Florida objects to military training plan [AP]
A leading Florida environmental group on Wednesday officially objected to plans for expanding military training exercises on Panhandle land that includes two state Parks.
› How Florida Blue/Orlando Health deal could affect your business [Orlando Business Journal]
Orlando Health Physician Partners' deal with Florida Blue won’t just impact those two companies — it could affect your company, too, if you have Florida Blue health insurance.
› Even before first flight, Copa expands capacity on Panama City route [Tampa Bay Times]
Copa Airlines is just days away from launching the most important international route in years at Tampa International Airport, and passenger demand is already exceeding expectations.
› Report raises more questions about Florida Medicaid reform [Orlando Sentinel]
A new Georgetown University report is questioning whether Florida's handover of millions of Medicaid patients to managed-care companies will be able to achieve the twin goals of cutting costs and improving health.