Retail Imports Expected to Rise

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season.

12/13/2016 By staff

Health care

American Life Expectancy Drops Slightly

Life expectancy for Americans dropped from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to new numbers released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

12/09/2016 By staff


Unemployment Rate Drops

The American economy added 178,000 new jobs and the country's unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent during the month of November, according to new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released Friday.

12/02/2016 By staff


Retail Trade Group Predicts Holiday Shopping Bump

The Florida Retail Federation is predicting a 4 percent increase in sales for Florida retailers during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

11/22/2016 By staff


Tourist Tax Collections Increase to Almost $20 Million

Tourist Development Tax collections increased to almost $20 million in fiscal year 2016, a 4.7 percent increase over 2015.

11/18/2016 By staff


Housing Starts Up in October

The rate of privately owned American housing starts increased by 25.5 percent between September and October, and the rate increased 23.3 percent between October 2015 and October 2016.

11/18/2016 By staff


County Seeks Input on Affordable Housing

Sarasota County is asking for public feedback on the topic of housing affordability through a new online survey.

11/08/2016 By staff

Real estate

Homeownership Rate Ticks Up

The nationwide rate of home ownership ticked up slightly, from 62.9 percent to 63.5 percent, between the second and third quarters of 2016.

11/02/2016 Research by staff


Unemployment Rate for Those with Disabilities Down in Sarasota, Up in Manatee

The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities dropped from 10.8 to 8.7 percent nationally and from 16.2 to 11.7 percent in Sarasota County in the past year, while the rate rose in Manatee County from 9.4 to 11.3 percent.

11/02/2016 Research by staff


Florida Consumer Sentiment Dips Slightly

Consumer sentiment among Floridians declined slightly in October, according to data released last week by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

10/31/2016 Research by staff


Summer Tourism Numbers Up in Sarasota County

Visit Sarasota County on Thursday reported growth in tourist visitation and spending, hotel occupancy and room rates and consumer satisfaction during the months of July, August and September.

10/27/2016 Research by staff


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Event Scheduled for Oct. 19

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative will present its fifth annual Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

10/14/2016 Research by staff


U.S. Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs

The United States economy added 156,000 new jobs in the month of September and the national unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.

10/07/2016 Research by staff


Southwest Florida City Ranked No. 3 in List of America's Fastest-Growing

Lehigh Acres, located south of Sarasota County, was ranked No. 3 in a list of the country's fastest-growing cities compiled by the finance website WalletHub.

10/03/2016 Research by staff


Number of Americans Living in Poverty Decreases By 3.5 Million

The U.S. Census Bureau announced earlier this month that real median household income increased by 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, while the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points.

09/26/2016 Research by staff


First Watch to Introduce New Data, Offers Program

First Watch Restaurants, Inc., based in University Park, is planning to introduce new transaction data capturing and promotion tracking to all of its restaurants.

09/20/2016 Research by staff


Tourism, Tourist Spending Up in July

The number of tourists visiting Sarasota County increased 3.4 percent between July 2015 and July 2016.

09/16/2016 Research by staff


Median Incomes Up, Poverty Rate Down

New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that real median household income in the United States rose by 3.8 percent between 2014 and 2015, while the national poverty rate declined from 15.5 to 14.7 percent.

09/15/2016 Research by staff


New Research Shows Half of Florida Workers Earn Less Than $28,236 a Year

A new report published by Florida International University's Research Institute on Social & Economic Policy finds that 65 percent of Floridians earn less than the state's average annual salary, $39,099, and half earn less than $28,236.

09/06/2016 Research by staff


North Port Ranked Highly for Job Growth

Forbes recently ranked North Port as the country's 10th best city for job growth.

08/22/2016 Research by staff