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Current job market favors employees in Florida. Is your resume ready?

People looking for jobs in Florida still have an advantage over employers according to Anca Voicu, Professor of economics and head of Rollins College’s Women in Finance Program. She says, "I would say that we are in an employee market in Florida, which occurs when there are more jobs available than there are people seeking employment. So in this scenario, employers might need to offer higher wages, better benefits, or any other incentives to attract and retain talent because workers have now more options to choose from." More from WMFE.

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Economic development: Making progress

As Florida focuses on growing its economy, experts say one of the most productive places to expand is in manufacturing. The sector pays about 117% of average annual wages in Florida, creates both blue and white-collar jobs and has one of the highest multiplier effects for return on investment. Every $1 in manufactured goods produces $3.60 across all other sectors. More from Florida Trend.

Duke Energy wants to pass along costs from Hurricane Idalia to customers

Duke filed a proposal at the Florida Public Service Commission seeking approval to pass along the Idalia costs to customers in 2024. To cushion the blow to customers’ monthly bills, it also proposed spreading out costs that it already is collecting for a series of earlier storms, such as Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan wants Jaguars stadium deal done 'sooner rather than later'

After returning from her first trip as mayor to London, Donna Deegan is ready to continue negotiations on what is expected to be one of the highest-priced deals in city history. The Jaguars released their first renderings for the proposed “stadium of the future” in June, which kicked off a media tour across the city to solicit community feedback on the design before starting negotiations. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Fort Lauderdale’s next not-so-easy task: Tackling noise wars

Most nights, Fort Lauderdale is wide awake. Boom-boom music blasts from the beachfront bars and downtown clubs, frequently interrupting the slumber of nearby homeowners. And go-fast motorcycles roar along A1A and Las Olas, interrupting the chatter of diners at sidewalk cafes. Even Mayor Dean Trantalis has complained about that one thing you just can’t escape in a big city: Noise. How can Fort Lauderdale keep its lively entertainment districts thriving while making sure nearby neighbors can sleep at night? More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Agriculture Trends
Vanilla could be the next big crop for small growers in Southern Florida

Florida is on the cusp of a new agricultural crop that could give small farmers in the southern region of the state a high-value alternative to vegetable and fruit production. University of Florida researchers at the Tropical Research and Education Center have embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of vanilla – from developing fertilizer recommendations to developing the highest-yielding and disease-resistant varieties to identifying beans with the best vanilla content.

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Out of the Box
Florida ghost tales from St. Augustine to Sarasota to Port St. Lucie

Ready to do some ghost-hunting? You're in the right spooky state. According to casino review site BonusFinder, Florida is the third-most-haunted state in the U.S. based on a review of the number of gravesites, "comprehensive ghost sightings data" and paranormal phenomena. Florida has fewer burial grounds than No. 2, Maine (we have 3,463 cemeteries compared to their 4,120, the report says) but we have the second-highest number of ghost sightings (1,785) and haunted locations (601).

» Read more from the Florida Times-Union.