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

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

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

Gross Domestic Product Grew By 1.9 Percent Last Quarter

America's gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

01/27/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Florida's unemployment rate in December held steady at 4.9 percent, unchanged from November, according to figures released last Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

01/23/2017 By Staff

Data

Retail Imports Up More Than Expected

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports saw an unexpected increase during the holiday season.

01/16/2017 By Staff

Planning

Sarasota Area the 10th Most Dangerous for Pedestrians in the Nation

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area ranks as the 10th most dangerous region for pedestrians in the country, according to data released Tuesday by Smart Growth America.

01/10/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Consumer Sentiment Increases

Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased between November and December, according to the latest survey results published by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

01/05/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Local Airbnb Hosts Earned $9.5 Million in 2016

Florida hosts using Airbnb to rent out properties earned $273 million in supplemental income and hosted 1.5 million visitors in 2016.

12/29/2016 By Staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales Up in November

Single-family home sales in Florida totaled 19,763 in November, 12.8 percent higher than November 2015.

12/21/2016 By Staff

Data

Retail Imports Expected to Rise

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season.

12/13/2016 By Staff

Science

Mote Enters Final Stage of Construction on Keys Research Facility

Mote Marine Laboratory recently entered the final stages of construction on its new coral research facility in the Florida Keys and remains on schedule to open the center in the spring.

12/13/2016 By Staff

Health care

American Life Expectancy Drops Slightly

Life expectancy for Americans dropped from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to new numbers released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

12/09/2016 By Staff

Education

New College, Selby Gardens Create Educational, Research Partnership

New College of Florida and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently launched a collaboration between their education and research departments with a focus on plant science, conservation and public outreach.

12/05/2016 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Drops

The American economy added 178,000 new jobs and the country's unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent during the month of November, according to new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released Friday.

12/02/2016 By Staff

Data

Retail Trade Group Predicts Holiday Shopping Bump

The Florida Retail Federation is predicting a 4 percent increase in sales for Florida retailers during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

11/22/2016 By Staff

Research

Mote Scientist Awarded Grant to Study Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms include the toxin-producing algae Karenia brevis, which causes red tide.

11/16/2016 By Staff