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


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


Mote Scientist to Receive White House Honor

On Friday, Oct. 7, the White House will recognize Kevan Main, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, as one of 12 “White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.”

10/06/2016 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


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


Statewide Unemployment Rate Unchanged, But Local Rate Ticks Up

The unemployment rate in both Sarasota and Manatee County increased slightly in July.

08/22/2016 Research by staff


Farmers Market Research Shows $56 Million Economic Impact

More than 520,000 visitors to the Sarasota Farmers Market contributed $56 million to the local economy over the past year, according to data released Monday by the market's executive director, Phil Pagano.

08/15/2016 Research by staff


Single-Family Home Sales Up in Second Quarter

Closed sales of single-family homes in Florida increased 1.4 percent between the second quarter of 2015 and the second quarter of 2016.

08/10/2016 Research by staff


Positive Outlook for 55-Plus Housing Market

The National Association of Home Builders' single-family 55-plus Housing Market Index increased one point to 57 in the second quarter of this year.

08/08/2016 Research by staff


Sarasota County Ranks Highly for Income Inequality

According to a new study, Sarasota County ranked as the 33rd most unequal county in the nation, with the top 1 percent earning 40.1 times as much as the rest of the population.

06/21/2016 Research by staff


UF Survey Finds Consumer Mood Falling

Consumer sentiment decreased in April, according to the University of Florida's most recent consumer survey.

05/04/2016 Research by staff


Mote Scientists Study Fish in Flood Control Canals

During April, Mote researchers are using seine nets to catch and release fish throughout the county’s largest canal system, which drains into Phillippi Creek.

04/15/2016 Research by staff