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No gains in Florida’s consumer confidence as economic woes increase

Published: Dec 29th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s overall consumer confidence remained unchanged at 69 in December, but increasing pessimism about personal finances reflects the state’s worsening economic plight as housing prices fell and unemployment rose, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Temp workers not stuck in jobs and earn more than regular employees

Published: Dec 21st, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rather than being trapped in dead-end jobs, many people hired by temporary help agencies actually earn higher hourly wages and are better educated than permanent employees, and move quickly between temporary and regular jobs, a new University of Florida study finds.

Paying CEOs more than other CEOs results in stockholder dividends

Published: Dec 17th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Highly paid CEOs are actually a bonus to the profitability of their companies and offer greater dividends to stockholders, a new University of Florida study finds.

Highest jobless rate in three decades causes drop in consumer confidence

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell three points to 69 in November amid continued concerns over the state’s high unemployment rate, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Floridians plan to spend little more than last year this gift-giving season

Published: Nov 24th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s retailers are in for a repeat of last year’s dismal holiday season, with consumers expecting to spend about the same amount of money on gifts, a new University of Florida survey finds.

UF grape research aims to push wine, grape industries beyond climate and pest obstacles

Published: Nov 18th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research that could transform grape production around the world is under way in the heart of Florida.

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

UF/IFAS research harnesses sun’s power to kill weeds

Published: Nov 12th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sunshine helps flowers grow, and it can help rid soil of harmful organisms that hurt Florida’s $9 million cut flower industry, a University of Florida expert says.

Uncertainty about jobs holds back real estate resurgence, UF study shows

Published: Nov 3rd, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the state’s high jobless rate, Florida’s real estate outlook is plagued by the most dangerous condition to delay an economic recovery: uncertainty, according to the latest University of Florida survey.

Program puts kids in driver seat with traffic and bike safety education

Published: Oct 28th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Driver’s Ed” for kids could be another name for a statewide program administered by the University of Florida that is designed to reduce the number and severity of injuries and deaths to children from bicycle and traffic crashes.

Florida’s consumer confidence remains flat amid mixed economic news

Published: Oct 27th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence remained flat at 72 in October, a level more in line with economists’ expectations than the initial increase that was recorded last month, according to a new University of Florida survey.