New unemployment numbers are out for the state of Florida, and Gov. Rick Scott is trumpeting Miami specifically. Unemployment in the county has dropped 2.3 percent year-over-year, from 9.1 percent in December 2012 to 6.8 percent in 2013.
Florida's unemployment rate hit another recent record low in May, according to numbers released today. The state's unemployment rate is now down to 7.1 percent. That's the lowest rate since September 2008 and down .1 percent from April. Though, it's not all good news, especially here in Miami-Dade ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke goes after one of the most watched shows on cable television.I've never been a big fan of the First 48, the reality-TV show that ... More >>
Update: Giraffas announced that they have chosen Miami-Dade to be the Brazilian chain's U.S. headquarters adding 285 direct new jobs within three years and an initial capital investment of $8 million. Congratulations on your 285 new jobs, Miami.We recently stumbled across a headline picked ... More >>
It was an entrance worthy of Vladimir Putin.Joe Biden roared his air boat to a halt in the Everglades. Miccosukee war paint smeared his face. Swamp spray glistened on his bare chest. The Veep then tossed a giant, dead Burmese python at the feet of a gaggle of reporters and screamed: "Are you not ent ... More >>
Unemployment may be staggeringly high in Florida, but according to a new analysis by On Numbers, the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area added the 11th most private sector jobs of any metro area in 2011. That only added up to 21,600 new jobs, though. And, in terms of percentage growth, the area only ranked ... More >>
When Tiffany Dallas, a master's student at Florida International University, started researching her thesis on redeveloping Overtown, she was fascinated by Grand Central owner Brad Knoefler's plan to turn a blighted patch of land opposite his club -- once the home of the Miami Arena -- into a tem ... More >>
Last month Gov. Rick Scott bragged that the unemployment in Florida had dropped a tenth of one percent, with 64,000 jobs added between January and July. True enough, but now it turns out that more than half those jobs were health care, food service and hotel gigs paying low wages with little to n ... More >>
Rick Scott's central campaign promise seemed pretty simple: His economic plan would create 700,000 additional jobs on top of normal job growth over seven years. In the past month, Scott has been flip-flopping wildly on that promise, and this morning on a conservative radio show, he said, "I could ... More >>
Back when he was running for Governor, Rick Scott promised that he'd add 700,000 jobs in Florida over seven years in addition to what the economy would produce regardless of who was Governor. It seemed like a simple enough promise at the time, but now ten months into his term he's still ap ... More >>
Rick Scott's pledge that he'd create 700,000 new jobs for Floridians in addition to expected job growth was perhaps one of the least controversial themes of his election campaign. Yeah, well, sorry -- he's flip-flopped on that. He's no longer promising 700,000 jobs in addition to the jobs the state ... More >>
Though the unemployment rate at both the national and state levels remains stagnant or sagging, the job market in Miami-Dade continues to make gains. From August 2010 to last month, 13,900 jobs were added in Miami-Dade. However, our seasonally adjusted unemployment rate still sits at 12 ... More >>
Yesterday, Wells Fargo laid off 258 employees at a call center in Doral. But fear not, former Wells Fargo workers! Today, Wells Fargo released a report saying South Florida will help lead the state in job growth over the next year. Just apparently not the call-center jobs at Wells Fargo.
Yesterday, President Obama outline a proposed $447 billion jobs bill that would cut payroll taxes, increase spending on infrastructure and public works programs, and extend unemployment benefits.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with lightning-fast speed, released a statement and video response last nigh ... More >>
Rick "The Jobs Governor" Scott has pointed to Florida's slowly dwindling unemployment rate since he took office in January. In fact, from January through June the state added 64,300 jobs. July is a different story. More than a third of those total jobs gained have now been lost.The good news ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott has seemed to overcome his hesitations about funding Central Florida's SunRail commuter train program and announced his approval of state funding for the program today. Scott's first big decision in office was surprisingly killing a federally funded high-speed train project, a mov ... More >>
Well, here's the "good" news. Florida's unemployment rate now sits at 10.8 percent according to numbers from the month of April. That's still stupendously high, and still well above the national rate of 9.2 percent. The bad news it that the unemployment actually rose in Miami-Dade in April, a ... More >>
Florida is undergoing a radical conservative transformation under Gov. Rick Scott, but one of his top proposals seems to be a bridge too far and too soon even for the Republican supermajorities in the state House and Senate.Even at a time when billion-dollar deficits have become the norm for Flor ... More >>
Back in 1987, writer T.D. Allman declared in the title of his book that Miami was "The City of the Future," and over the next two decades, our metropolitan area largely made good on the moniker through impressive growth and increasing economic importance. Twenty-four years later, though, Miami is ... More >>
To talk about respected, legendary Florida politicians is to talk about Bob Graham. The former Governor and Senator was one of the few politicians to manage sustained cross-party popularity and still looms large over the state as an occasional source of wisdom. Yesterday, the retired moderate Dem ... More >>
Well, it could help create jobs in the moving industry. Despite the fact the rest of the country has been a veritable snow hell recently while Florida has remained largely frost free, a new poll finds that more than one out of every five Floridians is thinking about moving out of state. That's pr ... More >>
Our new gov's evening smoke and tweet session ended on a sour note.Yesterday, Rick Scott fired up the ol' Interwebs and announced his first inaugural "Twitter Town Hall." Surprise, surprise! He's just as evasive 140 characters at a time as he is in real time.Even still, the event was going just f ... More >>
The unemployment rate in Miami-Dade county rose to a staggering 14.4 percent in the month of August, the Agency for Workforce Innovation reported today. That's a full one percent jump since last month and a 2.8 percent jump since August 2009. Basically, 188,000 are hopelessly unemployed Lloyds an ... More >>
Between 2008 and 2009 Florida's population shrunk for the first time since World War II. The net loss of 58,000 residents was attributed to the recession and real estate woes. Now, the University of Florida says Florida's population is back on the rise, and says that may be a good sign for t ... More >>
a piece by Li WeiForbes.com is always busy making their lists, and Miami has finally taken the number one spot on one. Unfortunately it's called "Ten U.S. Cities In Free Fall."Miami boasts a popular South Beach club scene, Art Deco Architecture, and perhaps the best Cuban food in the country ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Up this week, Luke makes the case for legalizing marijuana across the nation, beginning in Miami-Dade County.Off the bat, I am not a weed he ... More >>
So much for protests. Taxpayers are on the hook for a $634 million new playground for the Marlins, and the biggest grassroots organizer against the project says he wishes he hadn't wasted his time fighting it."The fix is in. It was a dog-and-pony show," says Michael Burnstine, an insurance sale ... More >>
Today the Miami-Dade County Commission will vote to build the Florida Marlins a new stadium. Or not. I hope they don't. This deal is such a stinker I don't know how Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the stadium's chief cheerleader, doesn't walk around wearing a gas mask every time he is out promoting it. So he ... More >>
You never would have guessed it, considering we're more or less ground zero for the foreclosure crisis, but the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area is actually the 12th best place to start a small business, according to Biz Journals. The rankings cited South Florida's strong population and job growth. Betwee ... More >>
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