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UF: Florida Consumer Sentiment hits five-year high

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s September Consumer Sentiment reached a post-recession high of 79 — up three points from a revised August reading of 76, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

Florida consumers’ confidence jumps, UF survey finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians rose in July by three points from the revised June figure to 76, which is nine points higher than this time last year, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

Duval lags behind Florida population rebound

As go moving trucks, so goes Florida's economy.

Florida's population surged during the real estate boom when job-hunters and retirees moved into the state. That growth fed on itself as newcomers generated demand for construction, retail and other services.

Then the housing market collapsed. Florida's growth hit a jarring speed bump.

Number of South Floridians on food stamps continues to hit record high

The number of Floridians on food stamps continues to hit record numbers -- with South Florida having an increase of more than 1.5 percent in May, said a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children & Families that oversees the federal food program.

UF: Consumer Sentiment in Florida jumps three points in May

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians rose three points to 77 in May, reversing a three-month decline, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. The latest figure is nine points higher than it was a year ago.

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.
 

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.

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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