Survey research

Smaller checks for government workers

State budget cuts will begin draining millions of dollars out of the local economy this month as government employees see their paychecks shrink.

The average government worker in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties will lose $1,151 annually as the state, for the first time since 1974, requires workers to help cover their own pension costs.

Consumer Sentiment falls again amid likely worries about Social Security, Medicare

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians declined for the fourth time in five months — falling to 66 in June — as the U.S. economy continues to sputter, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF: Florida’s Consumer Sentiment stays level for first time in months

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians remained at 68 in May, ending three consecutive months of decline, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Floridians’ Consumer Sentiment falls for third straight month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians dropped for a third consecutive month — falling to 68 in April — as the economy struggles because of domestic budget woes, soaring gas prices and international unrest, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Florida’s Consumer Sentiment wanes as events unravel overseas

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians dropped four points in March to 72 as many economic indicators for Florida continue to show signs of weakness, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Three of the index components decreased as natural disasters and political turmoil overseas offset the index’s seven-point spike in January.

Central Florida economy waking from long nightmare

On the third shelf of Tim's Wine Market in Orlando, you can find a full-bodied cabernet and a compelling snapshot of the region's economy.

Four years back — before the economic collapse — such $100 wines occupied this piece of prime, retail real estate. By early 2009, the shelf held inventory of more humble means — generally $30 to $40 a bottle. Today, the higher-priced stuff is returning.

Floridians remain confident about economy for second consecutive month

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer Sentiment among Floridians remained at 77 out of 100 in February further demonstrating the public’s positive view of the economy, according to a new University of Florida survey.

The index rose seven points last month, an unexpected increase considering the economic climate in Florida. That the index didn’t change dramatically after January’s increase is noteworthy.

Consumer Sentiment unchanged among Floridians in December

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Consumer Sentiment this month remained unchanged from November’s mark of 71, but there was significant movement among the five components that comprised the index, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Florida’s Consumer Sentiment retains most of last month’s gains

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Consumer Sentiment dipped only slightly in November to 72 after a large jump in October, portending good news for holiday retailers as higher levels of optimism remained in effect, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Pinellas reports lower unemployment

Unemployment is down in Pinellas County, according to the latest numbers from the Agency for Workforce Innovation, The county’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in October was 11.5 percent, down from 12 percent in September. AWI’s October report showed that 51,386 people were unemployed compared to 53,957 the month before. The state’s not-seasonally-adjusted rate for October was 11.6 percent. The national rate was 9.0 percent.

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