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138,000 Jobs Added in May

The American economy added 138,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent.

06/02/2017 By Staff

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Graduation Gift Spending Expected to Reach New High

A new survey found that consumers expect to spend $5.6 billion on graduation gifts this year.

06/02/2017 By Staff

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Mothers Paid 71 Cents for Every Dollar Paid to Fathers

The wage gap between mothers and fathers is even wider than the broader wage gap between women and men, according to a new report issued by the National Women's Law Center.

05/26/2017 By Staff

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Home Sales Up, Condo Sales Down

The number of single family home sales in Sarasota County increased by 8.3 percent between April 2016 and last month, while Manatee County experienced a 1.5 percent increase.

05/24/2017 By Staff

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Florida Unemployment Rate Drops

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month, down 0.3 percentage points from March.

05/22/2017 By Staff

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Sarasota Ranks Highly in List of 'Best Places to Retire'

Sarasota was recently ranked as the ninth best city in Florida in which to retire by SmartAsset, a financial technology company.

05/15/2017 By Staff

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Manatee County Tourism Up in 2016

Manatee County drew in almost 3.1 million tourists in 2016, a 2.7 percent increase over 2015.

05/15/2017 By Staff

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Florida Drops in Ranking of States Based on Senior Health

Florida comes in at No. 30 in a new ranking of states based on seniors' health issued by the United Health Foundation, a drop of six places from last year's ranking.

05/10/2017 By Staff

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Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

The American economy added 211,000 new jobs during the month of April and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

05/09/2017 By Staff

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Small Business Owners More Optimistic

Eighty-eight percent of small business owners are optimistic about the near-term outlook on the national economy, according to the latest survey results published as part of the PNC Economic Outlook.

05/08/2017 By Staff

Real estate

Real Estate Firm's Sales Up in Quarter One

RoseBay International, Inc. recently reported a 40 percent sales increase between the first quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

05/05/2017 By Staff

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Mother's Day Spending Expected to Top $23 Billion

Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39 for the holiday, up from last year’s $172.22.

05/05/2017 By Staff

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Florida Consumer Confidence Declines

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped in April after a record-high reading in March.

05/02/2017 By Staff

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Retail Sales Up Slightly in March

American retail sales increased by 0.3 percent between February and March, according to calculations released last week by the National Retail Federation.

04/20/2017 By Staff

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Confidence in the Housing Market Dips

The percentage of Americans who reported that now is a good time to buy a home fell by 10 points.

04/19/2017 By Staff

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Housing Starts Down

The number of American housing starts dropped by 6.8 percent between February and March.

04/19/2017 By Staff

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Florida Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Point in 15 Years

After dropping in February, consumer sentiment among Floridians rose to its highest level in 15 years in March, according to the University of Florida's latest Bureau of Economic and Business Research consumer survey.

04/05/2017 By Staff

Health care

County Ranks Highly in State Health Rankings

Sarasota County was recently ranked third in health outcomes and second in health factors in the state of Florida in a new listing released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

03/29/2017 By Staff

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Greater Sarasota Area the 10th Fastest-Growing in America

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton region ranked as the country's 10th fastest-growing metropolitan area between mid-2015 and mid-2016, according to data released Thursday by the United States Census Bureau.

03/23/2017 By Staff

Technology

Florida Ranked No. 19 in List of 'Innovative' States

Florida ranks No. 19 in a new list of the country's most "innovative states" compiled by WalletHub, a financial research site.

03/23/2017 By Staff