The state of the American worker in Florida this Labor Day Weekend
Monday is Labor Day, a day to celebrate American workers. The nation’s economy is making a very slow recovery. Presidential candidates are debating just what are the best solutions for creating jobs in the nation. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Kern spoke with Laura Byrnes, Community Manager at the Marion County Workforce Connection about unemployment rates in North Central Florida.
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