Data

Consumer Confidence Rises

The University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment rose from 93.8 in February to 97.8 this month.

03/15/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Sales of New Homes Down Nationwide

Sales of new single-family homes were down by 4.1 percent in January when compared to a year prior.

03/14/2019 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

The American economy added just 20,000 new jobs last month and the unemployment rate dipped to 3.8 percent.

03/08/2019 By Staff

Tourism

Report Puts Orioles’ Annual Economic Impact at $92 Million

The analysis measures the total tourism impact created by the Orioles, combined with the club’s business operations and spending in Sarasota County.

02/25/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Home Sales Down Statewide in January

Home sales were down 6.2 percent and townhouse and condo sales were down 10.9 percent last month.

02/22/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Home and Condo Sales Down in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Sales of single-family homes and townhouses and condos in both Sarasota and Manatee counties were down in January, when compared to January 2018.

02/21/2019 By Staff

Retail

Valentine's Day Spending Predicted to Reach $20.7 Billion

Just 51 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, down from 55 percent last year and a high of 63 percent in 2009.

02/12/2019 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Increases

The nation's unemployment rate rose from 3.9 percent to 4 percent last month, according to new federal data.

02/01/2019 By Staff

Real estate

New Home Sales Increased Between October and November

The number of sales of new single-family homes in November remained 7.7 percent below the November 2017 rate, according to new data.

01/31/2019 By Staff

Tourism

Florida Tax Revenue Generated Through Airbnb Totaled $89.5 Million Last Year

Thanks to an agreement hammered out in 2017, the company last year transferred $1.1 million to Sarasota County on behalf of its hosts.

01/30/2019 By Staff

Politics

Report Estimates Federal Shutdown Cost the Economy $11 Billion

The partial shutdown of the federal government that ended last Friday led to $11 billion in reduced economic activity, according to new estimates published by the Congressional Budget Office.

01/29/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Housing Starts Up

The Sarasota-Bradenton market produced 1,310 new single-family housing starts during the final quarter of 2018, up 5.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017.

01/28/2019 By Staff

Data

Survey Finds Small Business Owners Concerned About 'Economic Uncertainty'

Florida small business owners are concerned about economic uncertainty, according to new survey results published by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

01/25/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Home and Condo Sales Drop in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County declined by 17.5 percent last month, when compared to a year prior.

01/22/2019 By Staff

Data

Florida Unemployment Rate Steady

Florida's unemployment rate held steady at 3.3 percent last month, according to new numbers.

01/21/2019 By Staff

Retail

Consumers Increasingly Expect Free Shipping With Online Orders

Three quarters of consumers expect free shipping on orders under $50, according to a new National Retail Federation survey.

01/21/2019 By Staff

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