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Florida remains on a roll with 21,400 new jobs created last month

The state’s jobs economy remained on a roll in October. About 21,400 new jobs were created and the unemployment rate remained the same as a month earlier at 3.2 percent, according to numbers released by the state Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday. About 331,000 people were looking for jobs, down by 5,000 from September. The overall workforce grew slightly to 10.5 million. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Near record travel is forecast for Thanksgiving

Florida's roads are going to get a good work out over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. AAA is out with its Thanksgiving travel forecast and the auto club is predicting 2.9 million Floridians will hit the road or head to their local airport, train or bus station to get out of town- the most since 2005. More from WJNO.

Florida Trend Exclusive
Celebration: The inside story

It took a decade of bureaucracy — both governmental and corporate — for Disney to create the New Urbanist town of Celebration, which in its planning stages was known by the ungainly acronym of OMUD. An inside look at a very complex process from a senior leader of the development. More from Florida Trend.

First Lady partners with Volunteer Florida to make volunteering easier

If you are asking yourself how you can can give something back this holiday season, or if you are part of an nonprofit that needs help, Florida’s First Family and Volunteer Florida are trying to make it easier for everyone. Volunteer Florida has logged more than 4 million volunteer hours in the last year. Now, the public-private agency, with the help of Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, is unveiling Volunteer Connect, a way for volunteers to connect with their passion, whatever it may be. More from WCTV and WJXT.

Fentanyl kills more people in Palm Beach County than anywhere in Florida

Fentanyl deaths are on the rise in Florida, even as opioids kill fewer people each year. Fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller 100 times more potent than morphine, killed 2,348 people in Florida in 2018, according to a report published this month by the state’s Medical Examiners Commission. That’s a 35% increase from the 1,743 people who died of fentanyl overdoses in 2017. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida Dining
The most searched-for Thanksgiving foods in Florida

 Not sure what to cook for Thanksgiving? You could turn to Google to see what everyone is searching for. It’s no surprise that roasted turkey is the most-searched Thanksgiving recipe across nine states, including Florida, according to Housemethod.com. We know that savory dishes are staples for Thanksgiving, but let’s not forget the sweets. According to search results, Floridians are most interested in pumpkin cheesecake.

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Green Development
Jacksonville's urban city trail

floridaLast March, the Jacksonville City Council approved a plan to build an urban trail system similar to the BeltLine in Atlanta. Advocates say Emerald Trail will help revitalize Jacksonville’s urban core, encourage healthy lifestyles and spur economic development. The trail passes by 18 schools, two colleges and 28 parks, as well as restaurants, shops and businesses.

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