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Florida Unemployment ties record high listen

03/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida’s unemployment rate in January tied the highest since records began in 1970.

Rebecca Rust, chief economist for the Agency for Workforce Innovation, said it increased to 11.9% from the revised month-ago rate of 11.7%.

Florida’s unemployment is more than two points higher than the nationwide rate of 9.7%. Rust says that translates to more than a million Floridians out of work.

“It’s 1,100,000 unemployed Floridians out of a labor force of 9,231,000 for January 2010.”...

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Job fair for veterans in downtown Tampa. listen

12/03/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Seeing combat oversees can be a challenge, but for many veterans, finding a job is a battle that is just as hard to wage. A group called Recruit Military held a job fair for veterans this morning at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to help veterans get work.

About 300 unemployed veterans were expected to attend a job fair in downtown Tampa today. RecruitMilitary is veteran-owned-and-operated military-to-civilian recr...

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Florida unemployment stays high listen

09/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s unemployment rate continues to stay at its highest levels in three decades.

Rebecca Rust is the chief economist with the Agency for Workforce Innovation. She said that all industries in the state remain down in employment, with the exception of private education and health care.

Leading the way in job losses are the professional services, such as employer and temporary worker agencies.

In the Tampa Bay area, the highest level of unemployment remains in Hernando County...

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Florida borrows to pay unemployment listen

08/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With Florida's unemployment rate the highest it’s been in over 3 decades, the state’s savings account to pay unemployment compensation claims ran out of money yesterday.

But officials with the state Agency for Workforce Innovation stress that benefits will continue to flow to laid-off workers as Florida begins to borrow from the federal government.

Robbie Cunningham is with the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Cunningham told a Florida newspaper that Florida is authorized to borrow ...

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FL unemployment rate hits highest rate since 1975 listen

06/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The unemployment rate in Florida has now risen to over 10%, the highest recorded level in the state since 1975.

The official number is at 10.2 percent – that’s a half point higher than last month, nearly a full point higher than the national rate, and nearly 6 points higher than a year ago in Florida.

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Housing starts remain down, but sales are up over the quarter and over a year. Rebecca Rust, Chief Economist with the Agency for Workforce In...

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Gelber: Lawmakers didn't have to reject stimulus money listen

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the Florida legislative session concludes today, one thing that the Republican-led Legislature did that has outraged some Democrats and bothered Gov. Charlie Crist, is the rejection of $444 million in federal stimulus money for the unemployment trust fund.

When it was rejected, GOP lawmakers suggested it would be fraudulent to change the eligibility rules in a few years when the economy improves; they said the money would only cover two months of unemployment and sap the state’s unemp...

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Florida to forfeit $444M in unemployment stimulus money listen

04/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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With just days before the legislative session ends, it is becoming likely the state of Florida will reject $444 million dollars in federal stimulus aid.

GOP lawmakers say they do not want to increase the burden on the state’s unemployment trust fund when its running out of money.

Gov. Charlie Crist has said he supports a law to draw the extra federal money, but a bill sponsored by Jacksonville Sen. Tony Hill that would do so appears to be all but dead in the Legislature.

This mor...

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Florida's unemployment rate ties record high listen

04/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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More Floridians are losing their jobs, according to data released today. Rebecca Rust, the chief economist with the Agency for Workforce Innovation, says that seasonally adjusted March 2009 labor statistics for the state of Florida are even worse than the previous month.

“The unemployment rate for Florida is now 9.7 for March. … This represents 893,000 jobless Floridians.”

Rust says Florida’s unemployment rate is still higher than the country as a whole.

The last time Florida...

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Senator: Unemployed should take drug tests for benefits listen

03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Unemployment is now at a 16-year high in Florida, as the Sunshine State has lost more than 355,000 jobs over the past year.

For many who have lost a job, it’s a blow to the ego to have to ask for government assistance. But if one bay area legislator has his way, they may have to submit more than their personal information and their pride to collect unemployment.

Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, has introduced a bill that would require random testing for one of every 10 people who app...

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Career Fair participants on looking for a job in the current economy listen

02/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning CareerBuilder.com hosted a career fair at the DoubleTree Hotel on West Cypress St. in Tampa.

WMNF asked job seekers what it’s like to look for employment in the current economy.

“It kind of sucks."

"It doesn’t look very promising at the moment.”

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