Unemployment Rate Steady

The American economy added 209,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent.

08/04/2017 By staff


Florida Consumer Confidence Up

Consumer confidence among Floridians rose in July, according to new data released by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

08/02/2017 By staff


Gross Domestic Product Up in Quarter Two

America's gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

07/28/2017 By staff


Consumer Confidence Up

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved in July after declines in both May and June.

07/27/2017 By staff


Lakewood Ranch Among the Nation's Top-Selling Communities

With 622 sales in the first half of 2017, Lakewood Ranch ranks as the third-best-selling master-planned community in the United States.

07/25/2017 By staff


Home Sales, New Listings Down in June

Single family home sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties decreased by 0.4 percent between May and June of this year and new listings also decreased, by 3.4 percent.

07/24/2017 By staff


Back-to-School Spending Expected to Rise

Survey results suggest back-to-college spending will hit an all-time high this year, while back-to-school spending will also increase.

07/19/2017 By staff


White-Black Homeownership Gap Widens

The rate of black homeownership fell to 42.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017, while the rate of white homeownership rose to 71.9 percent, the widest gap in America since World War II.

07/18/2017 By staff


Online Retail Sales Up

Overall, retail sales changed little between May and June, but were up last month by 3.2 percent over June 2016.

07/18/2017 By staff


Greater Sarasota Area Tops for Young Entrepreneurs in New Ranking

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton region was recently ranked as the country's top city for young entrepreneurs by the finance and investing website

07/07/2017 By staff


Florida No. 6 in Ranking of Best States in Which to Start a Business

The financial research website WalletHub created the list by examining data points related to a state's overall business environment, access to financing and business costs.

07/05/2017 By staff


American Consumer Confidence Up Slightly

American consumer confidence ticked up slightly during the month of June, according to new survey results published by The Conference Board.

06/29/2017 By staff


Fourth of July Cookout Spending Expected to Rise

Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food for cookouts and picnics as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year.

06/23/2017 By staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales and Prices Up

Sales of single-family homes in Florida totaled 27,850 in May, up 7.6 percent from May 2016, according to new data released by Florida Realtors.

06/21/2017 By staff


Rate of Housing Starts Drops

The rate of new housing starts dropped by 5.5 percent between April and May and in May stood at 2.4 percent below the May 2016 rate.

06/20/2017 By staff


Father's Day Spending Expected to Rise

Father's Day shoppers are expected to spend $134.75 on average for the holiday, with total spending expected to reach $15.5 billion.

06/14/2017 By staff


Retail Import Growth Slows, But Is Expected to Rise

The National Retail Federation is predicting that imports at America's major retail container ports will hit a new high later this summer.

06/13/2017 By staff


Florida Consumer Confidence Drops Again

Florida consumer confidence dropped in May for the second month in a row, according to new research published by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

06/05/2017 By staff


138,000 Jobs Added in May

The American economy added 138,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent.

06/02/2017 By staff


Graduation Gift Spending Expected to Reach New High

A new survey found that consumers expect to spend $5.6 billion on graduation gifts this year.

06/02/2017 By staff