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Economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. [Source: AP]

Economic Commentary

Florida's mid-year job growth steady

Florida's job growth is steadily improving according to a new report. The report from Florida TaxWatch analyzes job growth data and shows higher job creation numbers for Florida than in the previous year, indicating a healthier state economy. "More Floridians are working in 2014 than ever before," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. Full report is here.

Florida city heads list of best cities for job growth

Florida has crawled back from the depths of the recession and the employment outlook is bright, particularly for the retirement enclaves in the southern part of the state. Leading the way is Naples, which is expected to have the fastest job growth rate among the 200 largest metro areas. Read the full story from Forbes and see a graphic of the Best And Worst Cities For Jobs 2014

Floridians to get $42 million in health insurance refunds

More than 981,000 Floridians will get an average refund of $65 from their health insurers this summer because of the Affordable Care Act, federal officials announced today. Nationwide, consumers are due about $332 million in refunds, a figure that covers both the individual and group markets. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Growth outlook positive for Florida’s middle-market companies

Most middle market companies in Florida are expecting both revenue and employee growth, according to a survey by the National Center for Middle Market. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]

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› Apps, services give lowdown on dirty dining
Ever wondered which restaurants are home to delicious eats and which ones are home to not-so-delicious health inspection violations? Well, there’s an app for that.

› Experts set for Florida Tech’s women’s business summit
The Women’s Business Center at the Florida Institute of Technology is planning a tour de force of speakers for its upcoming Impact Business & Leadership Summit.

› State agency lowering licensing fees
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is introducing fee cuts for Florida Real Estate Commission licensees this month.

› Seminole Tribe expands Noble juice business
You might notice a new brand in your grocer's juice aisle. The Seminole Tribe of Florida is launching a marketing campaign for Seminole Pride Noble, after buying a majority interest in a juice processing operation in Central Florida.

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› Fort Lauderdale boat show expanding footprint to 7 locations in 2014
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is adding another location and other first-time offerings this year as part of efforts to improve the event year after year.

› Call center program adds jobs for visually impaired
Orlando-based Lighthouse Works! is expecting to add 150 jobs, over three years, for the visually impaired, thanks to a new partnership with a business outsourcing company.

› With more projects in works, new tenants head to Innovation Square
Trimark Properties seems to have its hands full of late as more tech pros look to take refuge in Innovation Square, the series of buildings being constructed and renovated between downtown and the University of Florida.

› Tampa job fair spotlights those the economic recovery has overlooked
Long after the official end of the Great Recession, Tampa Bay's economic recovery remains in the eye of the jobholder. Or job seeker. And from the vantage point of hundreds who flocked to the fifth annual job fair coordinated by state Rep. Janet Cruz, that recovery is still elusive.