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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.

Flagler’s Unemployment Stays at 4.5% as Number of People With Jobs Hits Record 44,000

| June 16, 2017

The number of unemployed persons–2,065–was essentially unchanged compared with April, but it’s down by 250 people from a year ago. The Florida unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent.

CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Which Helps Unemployed, Will Lose 10% of Its Workforce

| June 2, 2017

A $1 million cut to CareerSource’s budget is due to lower unemployment, but an agency official notes that underemployment remains a steep challenge, and further cuts may be on the way.

Prohibition-Era Liquor Wall Stays in Place as Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill to Deregulate Stores

| May 25, 2017

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Publix win, Target, Costco and Walmart lose, as Gov. Scott, opposing deregulation, signs his first veto of the year.

Time Is Running Out For “Repeal and Replace” As Scandal and Summer Loom

| May 22, 2017

Budget procedures, the fact that half the states’ legislatures have already adjourned is making it almost impossible for Congress to fit repeal of the Affordable Health Act just yet.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to New Post-Recession Low, Matching Florida’s 4.5%

| May 19, 2017

In April, the number of the unemployed in Flagler County fell by almost 200, though the labor force shrank almost equally, and the overall number of Flagler County residents with jobs fell by 100.

11 Months After Fire, Dunkin Donuts On Palm Coast Parkway Reopens, With Sprinkles and 35 Employees

| May 10, 2017

The Dunkin Donuts on Palm Coast Parkway reopens at 4 a.m. Thursday after it burned for reasons yet undetermined in June 2016, affecting about 1,000 customers a day.

Vacation-Rental Bills Die Only to Return in 2018, Forcing Flagler to Defend Regulations Again

| May 9, 2017

The Legislature’s attempt to roll back local governments’ regulatory authority of vacation rentals barely fell short, so the fight is not over for counties at the forefront of the issue like Flagler.

David Ottati Returns: Ex-Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Takes Over 3-County Region

| May 8, 2017

David Ottati’s rise in the Adventist organization is again bringing him to Flagler County as he takes over leadership of a seven hospital-region including Florida Hospital Flagler.

Badcock Furniture Will Fill Old Food Lion Space in Flagler Beach, Ending 8-Year Drought

| April 21, 2017

Badcock Furniture will open in mid-summer in Flagler Square, as will a sweet shop, completing a remarkable revival of that commercial strip eight years after it had become a gaping hole for business.

Hitting New Post-Recession Low of 4.8%, Flagler’s Unemployment Now Matches Florida’s

| April 21, 2017

The number of unemployed in Flagler county fell sharply in March, from 2,482 to 2,214, a drop of 268, an impressive 11 percent decline, with work activity especially pronounced in construction.

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