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New Port Richey job fair draws 300 residents looking for work listen

12/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 300 job seekers and dozens of employers converged on a job fair in New Port Richey, where many residents say they are finding it difficult to find work outside of the service industry. Employers ranging from home based businesses to federal agencies were accepting applications.

It seems that Floridians need all the help they can get when it comes...

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Interview with former member of Congress Alan Grayson

10/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

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Our guest today is former central Florida member of Congress Alan Grayson who had a reputation as one of the most outspoken members of the House. Grayson is the former Democratic member of Congress from Florida's 8th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. His former district included parts of Orlando, Winter Park, portions of unincorporated Orange County, as well as Celebration, Walt Disney World and parts of Lake County, Marion County and...

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Hundreds flock to St. Pete jobs fair listen

09/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As of last Friday, Florida has had three straight months of 10.7 percent unemployment. Today the St. Pete Times hosted a jobs fair in downtown St. Petersburg. President Barack Obama is trying to address the problem through the American Jobs Act. It would include 5 billion dollars to help public safety officials a...

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Labor Activists Discuss The State Of Working Americans

09/05/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Today is Labor day and we're honored to be joined by five members of the labor movement. Arlene Holt-Baker is executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, Lynne Webb is President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, Aaron Carmella is the zone co-ordinator of the Florida AFL-CIO, Richard Flamm is a member of AFSCME, and Richard Tito is a member of UAW local 298 and he works at the Raytheon plant in Pinellas County.

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Country's unemployment rises to 9.2 percent listen

07/08/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The country’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.2 percent last month. Hiring slowed to a near-standstill and employers added the fewest jobs in nine months.

The Labor Department says the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000.

Businesses added the fewest jobs in more than a year; governments cut 39,000 jobs.

Average hourly wages declined last month. After-tax incomes, adjusted for inflation, have been flat this ye...

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Is the Pentagon Inflating Success Numbers in Afghanistan? Plus, Job Creation

06/13/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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First up today, our guest Gareth Porter has written a new article scrutinizing the claims of success General David Petraeus has made about Afghanistan. Porter writes on the Interpress web site today "During his intensive initial round of media interviews as commander in Afghanistan in August 2010, Gen. David Petraeus released figures to the news media that claimed spectacular success for raids by S...

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Why is the economy taking so long to recover? An interview with economist Ayse Somersan

06/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Last week the nation's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent to 9.1%. Why is this recession lingering? Here to talk about is is Professor Emeritus of Economics At The University Of Wisconsin-Madison Ayse Somersan, Ph.D.

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Rich Templin of the Florida AFL-CIO on the new state budget

06/02/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll talk about the new state budget signed last Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. Our guest is Rich Templin, Ph.D., Legislative and Political Director of the Florida AFL-CIO.

The governor signed the state budget last Thursday at a private ceremony in The Villages and we're still kind of going through it and figuring out exactly what the budget means for the future of Florida and here to help us deconstruct the budget is Rich Te...

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Should State Legislature reduce benefits for unemployed?

05/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today is the last day of the legislative session and efforts to cut unemployment benefits are still unresolved.

The House plan would reduce the state’s current 26 weeks of benefits to 20. The Senate wants to keep benefits at 26 - only when unemployment hit 12 percent.

The current 11.1 percent jobless rate would allow for 24 weeks under the Senate plan.

A non-profit group that advocates for worker's rights warns that the prop...

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Homelessness, panhandling and unemployment

02/22/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about panhandling, homelessness and unemployment.

Our guest is Sara Romeo with Tampa Crossroads. She is working to insure that female vets are able to access services that will help them remain independent. This employment program was funded by the Dept. of Labor specifically to assist honorably discharge homeless female veterans. But she also works on ending homelessness and will testify this Thursday befor...

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