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Unemployment Rate At 3.7% Approaching 50-Year Low as Economy Adds 250,000 Jobs

| November 2, 2018

It is the longest uninterrupted expansion since before the Great Depression. The average monthly gain this year has been just over 210,000 jobs, equal the average monthly gains of the last two Obama years.

Showdown Over Local Control as State Aims to Stop Miami Beach From Raising Minimum Wage

| October 31, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi claims a state law bars Miami Beach from gradually increasing its minimum wage to $13.31 an hour in 2021. The case also has drawn attention from local governments, which have sided with Miami Beach.

Flagler Unemployment Rises to 4.3% But Labor Force Keeps Expanding

| July 20, 2018

Some 200 people were added to Flagler’s unemployment rolls but in a sign of continuing health the workforce is expanding and is 1,000 workers larger than a year ago.

SBA Signs On With Black Entrepreneur Group In Palm Coast To Help Right Loans Imbalance

| July 11, 2018

Palm Coast’s emerging African American Entrepreneurs Association will use the agreement with the SBA to foster more capital and business education for minorities.

Sea Ray Boats’ Palm Coast Plant Shutting Down in Major Blow to 440 Workers

| June 25, 2018

Palm Coast’s Sea Ray Boats plant, one of the top five employers in the county, with some 440 employees, is shutting down as Brunswick corp. abandons the yacht line.

Flagler Unemployment Settles Below 4% in Echo of Pre-Recession Vigor, Labor Force at New High

| June 15, 2018

The Flagler labor force hit a new high of 47,204, up 600 compared to a year ago. Of those, 45,423 residents are holding jobs either in the county or out of the county.

Flagler’s and DSC’s Education Chiefs Talk Bunkers, Breweries, Graduation and Jobs

| May 31, 2018

Superintendent Jim Tager, Flagler Technical Institute Director Renee Stauffacher, and Daytona State College President Tom LoBasso were the featured speakers an education breakfast.

Accusing Palm Coast of Making ‘Blatantly False’ Claims, County Talks Mediation and Litigation Over SR100 Development

| May 7, 2018

A proposed commercial development on State Road 100 by the airport has county and Palm Coast government relations at their lowest ebb in years.

Disaster-Response Company Gets $40,000 County Subsidy and Moves to Flagler Airport

| May 7, 2018

Kimble’s Aviation Logistical Services pledged to create 40 jobs over the next seven years, basing its disaster-recovery operation at the Flagler County Airport.

Citing Net Losses Near End of 2017, Report Raises Questions About Job Growth in Florida

| April 29, 2018

A new federal report cast Florida in an unusual role: as the state with the most net job losses, at least for the third quarter of 2017, contrasting with Gov. Rick Scott claims.

The Latest Assault on Food Stamps Holders

| April 24, 2018

The draconian work requirement to receive food stamps could throw 1 million people off the rolls and cause more job losses than job gains.

Flagler and Florida Unemployment in Holding Pattern For Seventh Month In a Row

| April 20, 2018

Flagler’s unemployment rate is at a healthy 4.1 percent, where it’s been, give or take a few decimal points, for seven months, with the state’s unemployment mirroring the holding pattern.

Florida Hospitals and Halifax Health Named Among 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare

| April 17, 2018

Adventist Health System, which includes the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top places to work in health care.

Flagler Unemployment Ticks Up by 0.6%, Mirroring Increases in Surrounding Counties

| March 12, 2018

Flagler, St. Johns, Duval and Volusia all saw unemployment figures increase by 0.5 to 06 percent in January, with Flagler’s increase also due to a larger labor force.

County Eliminates 15 Jobs, Outsourcing Janitorial Contract Commissioners Had Saved in 2015

| February 5, 2018

Three years ago then-Flagler Commissioner Barbara Revels saved the jobs, arguing they were more important than outsourcing’s modest savings. This time, the commission voted 5-0 to outsource.

Economy Adds 200,000 Jobs in 88th Straight Month of Expansion

| February 2, 2018

Wages increased solidly for the second month, improving by 9 cents an hour after an 11-cent increase in December, but still barely ahead of inflation.

Flagler County’s Employment Grows by 1,500 Over a Year of Steady Growth

| January 19, 2018

Flagler County’s unemployment rate in December fell to 4 percent, down from a revised 4.3 percent, and was down a healthy 1.4 points for the year.

To Stay on Medicaid, You May Have To Start Working: Trump’s Decision Sparks Fury

| January 15, 2018

Trump’s decision to allow states to test a work requirement for adult Medicaid enrollees sparked criticism from doctors, advocates for the poor, and minority and disability rights groups.

Ban On: Overriding Commissioner’s Plea, Flagler Enacts Prohibition on Medical Pot Shops

| January 8, 2018

It was the second and final reading of an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Flagler, and it passed Monday morning, 3-2, ending a nearly year-long debate.

Flagler’s 4.2% Unemployment and Steady Housing Numbers Point to a Healthy Year

| December 22, 2017

Flagler County and Florida are ending the year on an economic high note, with unemployment in the county at 4.2 percent, down from 5.6 percent a year ago.

Florida Adds 125,000 Jobs, Dropping Unemployment to 3.6%, Flagler’s at 3.8%

| November 17, 2017

In essence, the state saw little negative effect from Hurricane Irma despite its severity and the disruptions it spread over Florida.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 3.9%, A 10-Year Low, Even As Hurricane Whacks State’s Jobs Figures

| October 20, 2017

Flagler’s sharp drop is even more remarkable for taking place during a month that saw Hurricane Irma cut across the region, severing power, work schedules and routines for almost 10 days.

Stonework Company From Former Soviet Republic Opening 30-Job Distribution Hub in Palm Coast

| October 6, 2017

Kamara Stone USA is based in Georgia, the nation in Southwest Asia, and plans to create 30 jobs over the next four years, distributing granite, marble and mosaics from its Hargrove Grade location.

Irma Snaps Record 83 Straight Months of Job Gains as Employment Falls By 33,000

| October 6, 2017

Nevertheless the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent, a rate not seen since February 2001–lower than the lowest rate reached before the Great Recession.

Florida Shellshock: Blanket Outages, Floodwaters, and This: Irma Could Cost “Billions Upon Billions”

| September 12, 2017

Millions of people continued to lack electricity as cleanup work expected to reach into the billions of dollars began in the wake of deadly Hurricane Irma.

Unemployment Ticks Up to 4.4% as Job Creation Slows to 156,000 and Wages Lag

| September 1, 2017

Where it matters most, in wages, workers are not seeing improvements even as the economy recorded its 83rd straight month of job growth. Corporate profits remain healthy.

Flagler Unemployment Steady at 4.8%, Florida Adds 32,000 Jobs As Labor Force Grows

| August 18, 2017

Compared to June, Flagler’s labor force didn’t budge, nor did the number of people with jobs, nor did the number of unemployed persons.

Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs in 82nd Straight Month of Growth, Unemployment at 4.3%

| August 4, 2017

The unemployment rate was last this low in 2001, at the end of the Clinton boom, though wages have only recently started to improve at a pace ahead of inflation.

40% of Sea Ray Boats’ Workforce in Flagler Affected By Layoffs and Furloughs

| July 28, 2017

Some 90 employees have been laid off and 130 furloughed out of a workforce of 560 at the Sea Ray Boats plant off Colbert Lane even as manufacturer’s parent company posts strong earnings in the second quarter.

Flagler Unemployment Ticks Up But Remains Below 5%, Florida’s Hits Post-Recession Low

| July 21, 2017

Flagler County’s unemployment rate ticked up three decimal points to 4.8 percent in June as the labor force shrank a little and the unemployment rolls grew.

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