Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
More Florida employers expected to hire in the new year
Florida’s job market is expected to be among the strongest in the nation during January to March, according to a quarterly survey by global staffing firm ManpowerGroup. Statewide, 29 percent of employers said they’d hire in the quarter, an increase from 22 percent a year ago. See the press release from ManpowerGroup and the full survey results here. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Hurricane Michael insured damage totals hit $4.3 billion
Two months after Hurricane Michael devastated the Panhandle region, insured losses from damages have hit $4.3 billion, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. As of Dec. 7, about 131,500 claims were filed from the October Category 4 storm. Just over half of the claims have been paid thus far, and about 67 percent of the claims closed. More from CBS Miami and the Tampa Bay Times.
Rays say current Ybor stadium project is dead, remain committed to Tampa Bay area – for now
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said today the plan to build a stadium in Ybor City is no longer viable but the team remains committed, for now, to looking again for a new home in the Tampa Bay area. Sternberg said the lack of details and progress for the planned $892 million stadium in Ybor City that was to open in 2023 made it clear it was not going to work. More from the Tampa Bay Times, ESPN, and USA Today.
Florida the top destination for Americans moving out of state
Florida ranks as the top destination in America for home buyers who are moving out of state, according to new data published by LendingTree, an online loan marketplace based in Charlotte. The company looked at mortgage loan requests for Americans and examined how many were for homes outside of the borrowers’ home state. [Source: Sarasota Magazine]
How can Florida grow smarter? A new plan by the Florida Chamber Foundation aims to answer that question
Smarter buildings and more electric cars. Millions more people and yet a crushing need for talent. Those are all part of the picture that emerged of the near future as dozens of business, industry, community and elected leaders from around the state gathered for the Florida Growth & Infrastructure Summit in Southwest Florida hosted by the Florida Chamber Foundation. [Source: Naples Daily News]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Halsey Beshears to lead Department Of Business and Professional Regulation
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has chosen a Republican from North Florida to lead the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Monticello State Representative Halsey Beshears will be the next head of the Department Of Business and Professional Regulation. In order to take the role, Beshears will have to leave his seat in the House, where he’s served since 2012.
› Solar co-op offers support, discounts for Alachua County homeowners
For the second year in a row, Alachua County residents can come together to go solar for less. Local organizations have partnered up and launched a solar cooperative for community members to have an easier and cheaper path to installing solar panels.
› Jacksonville is on the cusp of becoming a minority-majority city
Out of the country’s 15 largest cities, only two were majority white in 2017: Columbus, Ohio, and Jacksonville. But that’s about to change. Jacksonville is in the midst of a demographic shift as white residents leave and the non-white population flourishes.
› Officials in Florida want Hurricane Michael tent camp closed
Officials want to shut down a tent camp where hundreds of people have stayed since Hurricane Michael struck Florida's Panhandle in October. Shawn York of the United Methodist Committee on Relief says just a few displaced locals have stayed in the Panama City encampment recently.
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