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Friday's Afternoon Update

Florida exports up 5.6% in October

The latest international trade numbers show that $4.79 billion worth of goods left Florida for international markets in October, an increase of 5.6 percent from September, according to Durham, N.H.-based e-forecasting.com. The October data is the most recent available. [Source: Orlando Business Journal]

55 Years of Florida Trend


Florida Trend’s first issue featured a stylized rocket and numerous references to the federal missile program, which had produced 15,000 jobs in the state.

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Jacksonville leads nation in foreclosures

Jacksonville had the highest foreclosure rate in the U.S. in November after ranking No. 4 the month prior. RealtyTrac data shows Jacksonville had one foreclosure filing for every 288 houses last month – nearly four times higher than the national rate. [Source: Jacksonville Business Journal]

Gov. Scott makes Christmas Eve a paid holiday again

For the third year in a row Gov. Rick Scott has directed state offices to be closed an extra day. Last year state workers got Dec. 24 off. In 2011 state employees received Dec. 23 off since Christmas Eve fell on a weekend. [Source: NBC Miami]

» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:

  • A Fixture in Apopka : A profile of Florida's longest-serving mayor.
  • Building a Tech Community: A public-private venture with Miami-Dade County and the Miami Downtown Development Authority, Venture Hive houses an entrepreneurship education program.
  • Ray Ferrero Jr - Florida Icon: A conversation with the Chancellor of Nova Southeaster University.
  • Wet Suits: DiveBar is a 2-year-old south Florida-based group that calls itself the “first underwater Bar association for legal professionals.”

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.

Business Profile

mobilebits MobileBits, a Sarasota mobile technology company, plans to add 40 jobs and expand its Sarasota facility by 2,000 square feet. President and CEO Walter Kostiuk says the company chose to expand in Sarasota County because of the area’s “superior active lifestyle at a much lower cost of living.”

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