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Florida’s high jobless rate causes another drop in consumer confidence

Published: Mar 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence fell in March by three points to 70 as the state’s bleak unemployment rate cast doubts about the long-term health of the economy and people’s ability to make major household purchases, according to a new University of Florida survey.

Rural tourism can create jobs and draw vacationers to Florida towns

Published: Mar 18th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Sunshine State has an untapped industry close to home, says a University of Florida researcher studying how rural areas can attract Floridians hungry for relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.

Time is money for brainy workers who earn much more over life course

Published: Mar 3rd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Brains translate into big bucks in the workplace, according to a University of Florida study, which finds that bright people have earned at least half a million dollars more by middle age than those who are less intellectually inclined.

UF researcher: Florida agriculture took economic hit in 2008, but remains strong

Published: Mar 2nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida agriculture survived the first part of the economic downturn fairly well but decreased demand for exports has been a concern, a University of Florida expert says in an annual report.

Florida expected to start adding residents again after population decline

Published: Mar 2nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s a small bounce, but Florida’s population should rebound this year from its first loss in more than half a century in a hopeful sign for the struggling state economy, new estimates from the University of Florida show.