Palm Beach County

Florida unemployment falls for first time in four years

For the first time since February 2006, Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen. April unemployment slipped to 12 percent from March’s revised rate of 12.3 percent.

This represents 1,113,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,282,000, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

'Graying' population will strain Florida

TALLAHASSEE - Since World War II, Florida has beckoned retirees looking to spend their golden years in the sun. The steady stream has made Florida's population the oldest in the nation.

Now, Florida is headed for an even grayer future in the Baby Boomer retirement era, state economists and demographers predict. The consequences: worker shortages and severe strains on public pensions and government services.

Yeah, we're shrinking, but not enough

If you picked up the most recent Time magazine, you probably saw a story captioned: ``A Shrinking Sunshine State.''

And, if you're like many Floridians who are sick of stewing in traffic, you got your hopes up.

The University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, which tracks population trends, recently reported that the state lost 58,294 residents between April 2008 and April 2009.

2,000 volunteers tromp through Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast neighborhoods as census season begins

Think of it as the economic stimulus package that comes along every 10 years.

Roughly 2,000 residents of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are already tromping through neighborhoods, cashing in on the program more commonly known as the U.S. Census. Before they and thousands more nationwide have completed their work late next year, up to $15 billion will have been spent trying to make sure every man, woman and child is counted.

Don't kill the snowbirds

Florida's most self-destructive annual sport - shooting at the snowbirds - opened last week. Did you bag your limit?

Once Easter passes, Florida's seasonal residents start flying north and northwest. They'll start coming back from October through Thanksgiving. Coincidentally, their migratory pattern tracks that of turkey vultures, for which year-rounders must mistake snowbirds, given their comments.

Enrollment decline could mean trouble for Palm Beach County schools

For the third straight year, enrollment dropped in Palm Beach County's public schools, a change administrators blame on South Florida's high cost of living, faltering economy and shaky real estate market.

After years of struggling to keep up with increasing enrollment, administrators now warn that for the next few years a lower student population could bring unwanted consequences, including delayed construction projects and fewer elective classes.

Florida population juggernaut slows

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Lixkarime Padilla's family loves South Florida, but high prices and the sour economy have them thinking it might be smart to move someplace cheaper.

"We have friends who couldn't sell their house here so they rented it out and moved to North Carolina," said the 24-year-old Colombian immigrant. "They said rent is so much cheaper there that they can pay for food and everything else for what they used to pay here just for housing."

Palm Beach County population to dip

Palm Beach County's population is expected to drop for the first time in decades, jeopardizing a portion of its share of state revenues, county planners said Thursday.

A preliminary report given to the county by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research estimates the county's population will drop by 933 people this year, Senior Planner Betty Yiu wrote in a message to top administrators. Population growth in Martin and St. Lucie counties is expected to slow to a crawl, but not decline, officials said.

Florida Consumer Sentiment rises as residents adjust to bad economy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians made huge gains in August, rising six points to 67 from its revised July index, suggesting a turning point as state residents come to grips with the bleak economic picture, a new University of Florida study finds.

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