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Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Unemployment soaring, state workers redirected to help

Between August 2018 and February 2020, Florida’s unemployment call center took 2.39 million calls, mostly from people out of the job needing assistance. In the last week, they received 2.1 million calls. The Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) re-employment services are swamped as numbers rivaling the Great Recession flood into the system seeking help after […]

Businesses hiring laid off workers

Businesses hiring laid off workers

As restaurants, bars and hotels thin down staffing or close all together amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, some companies are ramping up hiring for these workers. Grocery stores like Publix, Walmart and Winn Dixie have seen increased traffic during the pandemic as shoppers seek essentials like toilet paper and meat. These companies have announced increased […]

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

Is Santa Rosa County business friendly?

When online retail giant Amazon announced they were looking for a spot to build their second headquarters (and to bring thousands of jobs to go with it), economic development offices for cities and counties across the country scrambled to get their applications ready. Florida areas were no exception. The “business friendliness” of a location often […]

What will you be when you grow up?

What will you be when you grow up?

High school graduation is a time of professional possibility for most students. It is at this phase that many students will make the decisions that will shape their future careers and their quality of life. It is a step into adulthood and for many, into the fulltime work force. Navarre High School will be releasing […]

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

Worker’s comp insurance rates raised by 14.5 percent

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulations (FLOIR) approved a 14.5 percent rate increase for workers’ compensation insurance Tuesday, Sept. 27 raising costs for business owners across the state. The most recent filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the company approved to assess and make recommendations to the FLOIR on costs of worker’s […]

Foster youth get a helping hand

Foster youth get a helping hand

Many 17-year-olds ‘aging out’ of the foster care system face uncertainty. Some of these young adults are still finishing high school. Most lack a family support system to fall back on. “On their 18th birthday, they would just age out of the system,” Young Adult Services Team Manager Melody Kohr said. “They would be solely […]

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Florida’s unemployment rate hits 8-year low

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, down from 10.7 percent in December 2010. This milestone marks the state’s lowest unemployment rate in eight years. Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 3.4 percent has consistently exceeded the nation’s for 47-consecutive months. Over the year in February, […]

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Governor applauds increasing high school graduation rates in Santa Rosa County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday the high school graduation rate in the state hit a 12-year high. The number in Santa Rosa County is even better. Florida’s graduation rate for the 2014-15 school year was 77.8 percent, a significant improvement from where it was more than a decade ago when it stood at 59.2 […]

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Holidays stall job openings in Santa Rosa County

Gov. Rick Scott issued a press release touting the highest level of Florida jobs available in a decade, with a total of nearly 300,000 openings across the state. “Florida is leading all large states in job growth and we will keep working every day to be first for jobs,” Scott said. Job demand in Florida […]