Did you know? Since 2010, Florida’s labor demand in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields has increased by more than 63 percent. Currently, there are more than 55,000 unfilled STEM jobs in Florida. That demand is felt throughout the state, including within the growing $5 billion modeling, simulation and training industry.
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Florida led the nation in job growth during June by creating 36,900 private-sector jobs, according to new state economic data released today. Additionally, the statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 is 6.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the May 2014 rate and 1.2 percentage points from the June 2013 rate of 7.4 percent.
Did you know? Floridians pay a “hidden tax” of $1.4 billion due to uncompensated care. When this cost trickles down from hospitals and insurance companies to insured Floridians, it equates to a hidden tax between $1,700 to $2,200 for every insured admission.
Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce joined with our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and the American and Florida Farm Bureau Federations in urging Congress and the administration to work together to enact immigration reform during a Day of Action – an effort that included events in Washington, DC and in more than 60 congressional districts across 25 states.
AppRiver’s Digital Disaster Program Extends Free Emergency Email Protection Service to Companies Facing Natural Disasters
AppRiver is making available its Digital Disaster Preparedness Program, a service designed to protect and preserve email traffic, free to organizations facing imminent natural disasters such as a hurricanes or flooding.
Military installations are vital to Florida’s future and contribute more than $70 billion to Florida’s economy – more than nine percent of our total gross state product. Every single business in the Sunshine State is within 100 miles of a military installation and the economic footprint of the military and defense industry touches all of us.
Florida’s transition to managed care in the Medicaid program takes center stage on the latest edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line. As Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek explains, the transition, which the federal government approved last year, is well underway.
Michael Murdoch, President and CEO of security software company AppRiver, highlights their continued worldwide growth and Florida’s business friendly climate on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Bottom Line.
Contact Governor Scott TODAY and urge him to sign SB 850 into law. Florida’s future economy depends on a talented workforce, and SB 850 will help provide a strong education foundation that will enable Floridians to compete in the 21st century global economy.
Hurricane taxes that all Florida insurance policyholders have been paying for the 2004-2005 back-to-back hurricanes will end a year early based on action taken today by Governor Rick Scott and members of the State Board of Administration. The hurricane taxes, or CAT Fund Emergency Assessments that were applied to nearly all insurance policies in Florida, will end on January 1, 2015.