Tourism

Tourist Tax Collections Down Again

Tourist Development Tax collections were down by 5.9 percent last November when compared to November 2017, according to new numbers.

01/17/2019 By Staff

Health

Teen Vaping Up in 2018

The number of American high school students vaping nicotine rose dramatically between 2017 and 2018, according to new survey results.

01/10/2019 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Rises

The American economy added 312,000 jobs during the month of December, while the nation's unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent.

01/04/2019 By Staff

Politics

Florida No. 14 in Ranking of States Most Affected By Federal Government Shutdown

The ranking is based on the number of federal jobs in each state, the amount of federal contract dollars the states receive and other data points.

01/03/2019 By Staff

Tourism

Tourist Development Tax Collections Down

Collections were down by 12 percent in October when compared to October 2017, a drop-off likely due to red tide.

12/26/2018 By Staff

Education

Local Graduation Rates Up

The graduation rate in Sarasota County schools increased by 4.1 percentage points this year, while the rate increased by 4.3 points in Manatee County.

12/20/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales Up

Florida Realtors recorded 20,578 single-family home sales last month, up 3 percent from a year before.

12/20/2018 By Staff

Data

Florida Consumer Confidence Drops for Fourth Straight Month

The November reading of 95.1 represents the lowest figure for the University of Florida survey in the last 13 months.

12/19/2018 By Staff

Retail

Bookstore Sales Up in October After Two Months of Declines

Bookstore sales totaled $699 million in October, up 7.7 percent from $649 million in October 2017.

12/17/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Florida the Top Destination for Americans Moving Out of State

According to new data, the state is the No. 1 destination for people moving away from Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and 10 other states.

12/10/2018 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Unchanged

The American economy added 155,000 new jobs last month and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent.

12/07/2018 By Staff

Data

Crime Flat in Sarasota County, Up in Manatee County

The number of crimes reported in Sarasota County remained flat during the first half of 2018, while rising by 8.9 percent in Manatee County, according to new stats.

12/04/2018 By Staff

Data

Local Poverty Rates Decline

The percentage of households living in poverty in Sarasota and Manatee counties declined between 2016 and 2017, according to new Census data.

12/03/2018 By Staff

Health care

American Life Expectancy Drops Again

Life expectancy dropped in 2017 for the third straight year, declining from 78.7 in 2016 to 78.6 last year.

11/29/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Number of Housing Starts Declines

The number of new residential construction projects begun in the U.S. in October was 2.9 percent below the October 2017 number.

11/21/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Sarasota County Home Sales Drop

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County were down in October when compared to October 2017, according to new data.

11/21/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales Up

Sales of single-family homes in Florida were 7.5 percent higher in the third quarter of 2018 than during the same time period last year.

11/05/2018 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

The American economy added 250,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate remained 3.7 percent, according to new data.

11/02/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Florida Still Tops in the U.S. for Foreign Home Buyers

Nineteen percent of all foreign buyers who bought residential property in the United States this year bought property in Florida.

10/29/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Sales of New Homes Down

Sales of new single-family homes in America dropped by 5.5 percent between August and September, and the September number was down 13.2 percent from one year prior.

10/25/2018 By Staff