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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.

In Appeal to Sea Ray’s Laid Off Employees, Job Fair Is Scheduled For July 13

| July 5, 2018

This job fair organized by CareerSource Flagler Volusia will showcase businesses with open, ready-for-hire positions, and will take place at the Flagler Palm Coast High School gym.

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.

Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

| May 4, 2018

The shameful practice of tracking poor students into blue-collar jobs contrasts with millions of rewarding, high-paying trade jobs sitting empty.

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.

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.

Flagler’s Labor Force and Number of Job-Holders Jump to New Highs as Unemployment Falls

| March 23, 2018

Flagler County’s labor force has grown by 42 percent since the recovery began in 2010, and more impressively, the rate of people holding jobs has grown 63 percent, by a net 17,500 people.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From Austin Outdoor to Brass Tap: A Native Son Opens Palm Coast’s Largest Craft Beer Bar

| May 11, 2017

Ed Schatz, who started Austin Outdoor in 1994 and sold it in 2008, is opening Brass Tap in Palm Coast’s Island Walk Monday, and planning to make it the first of nine such craft beer bars along East Florida’s coast.

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.

Flagler Unemployment Down to 5.3% As 1,150 More Local Residents Gain Jobs in 2 Months

| March 24, 2017

Flagler County’s unemployment in February fell sharply again, to 5.3 percent from 6 percent the previous month, even as the labor force in the county surged for the second month in a row, to just under 46,000–a record–as did the number of residents holding jobs.

Unemployment Spikes to 6% in Flagler, Highest in 15 Months, But Labor Force Also Grows

| March 13, 2017

While Flagler County’s number of unemployed grew by 11 percent month-over-month, the county also saw a very large increase of 600 people in its workforce, pointing to optimism about the county’s climate.

U.S. Economy Adds 235,000 Jobs,
Continuing Long Pace of Robust Growth

| March 10, 2017

The unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, not quite the post-Great Recession low of 4.6 percent recorded last November, but close enough.

Continuing Year-Long See-Saw, Flagler Unemployment Dips Back Down to 5.4%

| January 20, 2017

For the past 13 months, Flagler County’s unemployment rate has been stuck within in narrow band in the mid-5.5 percent range, bottoming out at 4.9 percent last May and peaking at 5.7 percent three times along the way.

Short-Listed For High-Tech Finance Company’s 250 Jobs, Flagler Seeks $500,000 in Incentives

| January 19, 2017

Flagler County government is making its most expensive pitch to attract 250 jobs, a high-tech finance company based in the Northeast and looking to expand either in Florida or Georgia.

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