Florida data

New data: Number of serious crimes drops in county, state

The number of serious violent and property crimes -- or at least the ones tracked by state and federal law enforcement -- dropped slightly in Alachua County from 2010 to 2011, while the Gainesville Police Department's load of such cases dropped by more than 9 percent, according to data released this week.

The future of Florida: Charting a new course

In the fall of 2007, as home prices in Florida began slipping and population growth braked drastically from what had been a 1,000-person-a-day clip, Wall Street Journal reporter Conor Dougherty wrote an article headlined "Is Florida Over?"

Median Household Income Gap at $18,000

(BLACK PR WIRE) – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provides information of an 18 percent split of financial income in America, from the study of Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 to 2007, published October 2011.

Florida residents are unaware of the increasing gap of the financial inequality that affects the income of nearly 60 percent of households in America.

Gov. Scott says 230,000 fewer people receive unemployment compensation since he took office

A radio host recently asked Gov. Rick Scott for an update on his trademark 7-7-7 plan -- creating 700,000 jobs in seven years in seven steps. (We're tracking that promise on the Scott-O-Meter.)

Scott said Florida’s economy is getting better in a lot of ways.

UF: Consumer Sentiment in Florida falls in April, marking three-month trend

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians fell two points in April to 73 from the previous month’s revised figure of 75, marking a three-month decline, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.
All five categories measured by the survey dropped. Respondents’ overall assessment that their personal finances are stronger now than they were a year ago fell three points to 59. Their expectations of being better off financially a year from now fell four points to 78.

Optimism over Florida Grows with Voters, while Buying Prospects Remain Uncertain

Optimism is slowly growing among Florida voters, but consumers in the Sunshine State tended to be a little more pessimistic in March than February, according to recent surveys by the Florida Chamber and University of Florida.

A Florida Chamber Political Institute study released Friday showed that voters were a little more supportive of the direction of the state and Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott influenced tech, scientific job increases

Job creation wasn't just about numbers. The 7-7-7 plan also emphasized growth of high-paying, high-skill jobs in technology and biotech with a goal of growing wages and salaries.

Gov. Rick Scott entered the fray at a point when tourism was the strongest industry in Florida and the state was operating in a deficit compared with the national economic scenario.

In 2011, the job trend turned positive for several industries.

Homeowners underwater on mortgages hold back First Coast's economic recovery

The reviving Northeast Florida economy is coming up for air after the brutal recession, but one remnant of the downturn is still holding back the recovery — the high number of homeowners underwater on their mortgages.

In the Jacksonville area, about 45 percent of property owners with mortgages owe more than the homes are worth, according to CoreLogic, a California company that tracks the real estate industry.

That is double the rate for the nation. And it casts a long shadow on other positive economic trends.

UF: Florida consumers remain mildly optimistic

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians dropped one point in February to 76 from January, according to a University of Florida survey. The modest decline followed two months of rising levels of confidence in the economy.

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