Data

Florida Home Prices Up, But Sales Are Flat

Median sales prices for homes increased in February, while sales of single-family homes remained relatively flat, according to new data released by Florida Realtors on Wednesday.

03/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Infant Mortality Declines

The infant mortality rate in the United States improved between 2005 and 2014, declining 15 percent, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

03/21/2017 By Staff

Data

St. Patrick's Day Spending Expected to Rise

Americans will spend more than ever when they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to new survey results published by the National Retail Federation.

03/14/2017 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly

The American economy added 235,000 new jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent.

03/10/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Busiest Spring Break Travel Date This Saturday

American tourists' top spring break travel date is this Saturday, according to a review of booked trips published last week by Allianz Global Assistance.

03/09/2017 By Staff

Data

Economist to Offer Economic Outlook Update May 5

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is presenting its 14th annual Economic Outlook event with keynote speaker Sean Snaith, the director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness.

03/06/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Consumer Sentiment Drops Thanks to Gloomier Long-Term Outlook

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped in February, according to the University of Florida's latest consumer survey.

02/28/2017 By Staff

Data

Almost Half of Florida Households Can't Afford 'Basic Needs'

Forty-four percent of Florida households "could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation in 2015," according to a new United Way of Florida report.

02/23/2017 By Staff

Data

Americans Plan to Save, Rather Than Spend, Tax Return Money

A record low number of Americans plan to spend their tax returns this year, according to survey results released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation.

02/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Home and Condo Sales Prices Up in January

The median sales price for Sarasota County single family homes increased to $250,000 in January, while the median in Manatee County increased to $279,000.

02/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Tourism Hits New High

Florida set a new record for tourist visitation in 2016, according to new numbers announced by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.

02/16/2017 By Staff

Data

Sarasota Companies See Growth on the Horizon

CEOs at 74 Sarasota County companies estimate that they will add 1,000 new jobs over the next three years, according to survey results released Wednesday by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.

02/15/2017 By Staff

Data

Retail Imports Expected to Increase

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports during the first half of 2017 are expected to increase 4.6 percent over the first half of 2016.

02/14/2017 By Staff

Data

Sports Tourism Numbers Way Up in 2016

The Sarasota County Sports Commission hosted 135 events in 2016, a 20 percent increase over 2015, and generated an economic impact of $178.6 million, a 23 percent increase.

02/14/2017 By Staff

Health care

12.7 Million Sign Up for Insurance Through Obamacare Markets

Florida led the way in signups through HealthCare.gov, with more than 1.7 million plans selected.

02/10/2017 By Staff

Retail

Valentine's Day Spending Expected to Drop

U.S. consumers will spend less on Valentine's Day this year than in the last two years, according to the results of a new survey published by the National Retail Federation.

02/08/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Consumer Sentiment Continues to Rise

Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose another one-half point between December and January, up to 97.8, the highest reading since March 2002.

02/03/2017 By Staff

Data

Retail Federation Predicts Dip in Super Bowl Spending

The National Retail Federation is predicting that American consumers will spend an average of $75 per person for a total of $14.1 billion while watching Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5.

01/31/2017 By Staff

Education

College Hosts 'Women in Data' Conference

New College of Florida is hosting the worldwide Women in Data Science Conference, bringing together data scientists (regardless of gender) and leading researchers and academics.

01/31/2017 By Staff

Data

Crime Down in Sarasota County in 2016

Violent crime in Sarasota County decreased by almost 9.1 percent between 2015 and 2016 and nonviolent crime decreased by almost 7.7 percent.

01/30/2017 By Staff