More Than 20.5 Million Jobs Were Lost in April Alone

The unemployment rate is a staggering 14.7 percent.

05/08/2020 By Megan McDonald


Almost 3.2 Million More People File Unemployment Claims

Experts expect the Department of Labor's unemployment rate for April to be at or above 15 percent.

05/07/2020 By Megan McDonald

Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Buy any of these gift-worthy local items individually for Mom or put them together for the ultimate mega-present. She deserves it.

05/06/2020 By Megan McDonald


More Than 30 Million People Are Currently Unemployed in the U.S.

Another 3.8 million people filed unemployment claims last week.

04/30/2020 By Megan McDonald


DeSantis Introduces Reopening Plan for Florida

The 'Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery' would allow restaurants to open indoor seating at 25 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing.

04/30/2020 By Megan McDonald


Another 4.4 Million People Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

Those claims bring the unemployment total to more than 26 million people, or 11.3 percent.

04/23/2020 By Megan McDonald


'We're Going Backwards': A Climate Change Expert Sounds the Alarm

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we asked one of the authors of a major climate change report for an update on how we're doing.

04/21/2020 By Megan McDonald


DeSantis Suspends 'Actively Seeking Work' Requirement for Unemployment Claimants

The governor's office says that the suspension is on an emergency temporary basis to respond to the spread of COVID-19.

04/17/2020 By Megan McDonald


Here's What You Need to Know About the Federal Stimulus Payments

When will your check arrive? And how much will you get? We've got answers.

04/16/2020 By Megan McDonald


Unemployment Claims Total More Than 22 Million

More than 5.2 million people filed for unemployment this week, bringing the unemployment rate to an unprecedented 8.2 percent.

04/16/2020 By Megan McDonald


Another 6.6. Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

That brings the current total number of unemployed U.S. residents to a staggering 16.78 million, according to grim new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

04/09/2020 By Megan McDonald


U.S. Unemployment Claims Spike to Shocking 6.6 Million

According to new data, nearly 10 million people have filed unemployment claims over the past two weeks due to the crushing economic ramifications of COVID-19.

04/02/2020 By Megan McDonald


Bring Home a Piece of Sarasota From These Terrific Museum Gift Shops

Not only will you have a treasured memory of our region, you'll be supporting our local institutions.

04/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Sealed With a Kiss

Alexis Fraser Is Making a Name For Herself With Art Made From Lipstick

“Once I started setting the bar high for myself, everything started to happen. My work is made with love to spread the love.”

04/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Facing Rising National Pressure, DeSantis Issues Stay-at-Home Order for Florida

After days of resisting shutting down non-essential businesses, Gov. DeSantis' order will take effect Thursday, April 2, at midnight.

04/01/2020 By Megan McDonald


Designer Camilyn Beth Offers Sewing Tutorials for Those Wanting to Make Face Masks

'Right now, my gut is telling me not to worry about dress sales and to focus on making these masks and teaching others.'

03/30/2020 By Megan McDonald

First Person

'There Aren't Enough Tests': A Sarasota Native Shares Her Experience With COVID-19

While returning to Sarasota from Egypt, Kirstin Whitmire began to develop a fever and a sore throat. At first, she thought it was just stress and exhaustion.

03/25/2020 By Megan McDonald

Public Health

City’s Playgrounds, Parks to Close Wednesday

Outdoor park areas will remain open for walking, jogging and exercise; however, citizens are urged to follow guidelines about social distancing and public gatherings.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald


Elite Motor Works Offers Free Oil Changes for Healthcare Workers

'We see how hard healthcare workers are working, so we decided to help out,' owner Jamie Caldwell says.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Health News

UPDATE: What You Need to Know About Coronavirus in Sarasota-Manatee

Between this week and last, Florida added 6,898 new COVID-19 cases.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald