New numbers out today from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show the unemployment rate has decreased in the state, falling to 9.4%. That’s the lowest it’s been in three years. Regionally, Workforce Connection reports the rate in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties dropped to 10.7, which is the first time it has been below 11% in all 3 counties since December of 2008. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta spoke with Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner about the drop.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPSkinnerQNA3302012.mp3]
With such widespread and building opposition, it is questionable if the Gainesville City Commission will enact such a change. Even so, city commissioners initially approved the measure Aug. 4 in a close 4-3 vote. It now faces a final vote by the commission on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.