The March unemployment rate (not-seasonally adjusted) for the South Florida Workforce region (Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties) was 11.8 percent. The March 2010 rate was up 2.2 percentage points from the year-ago rate of 9.6 percent but was 0.2 percentage points lower than the state rate of 12.0 percent. During March 2010, there were 155,174 unemployed residents in the region out of a labor force of 1,312,441.
In the two counties constituting the South Florida Workforce region, the March 2010 unemployment rates were 12.0 percent in Miami-Dade County and 7.7 percent in Monroe County. MonroeÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s unemployment rate is the second lowest statewide and has decreased by 0.4 percentage points from its revised 8.1 February 2010 rate. For Miami-Dade County, the 12.0 percent March 2010 unemployment rate represents a 0.7 percentage points over the month increase of the revised 11.3 February 2010 rate. Moreover, Miami-DadeÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s March 2010 rate is 2.3 percentages points higher than its 9.7 year-ago rate.
On Tuesday, April 6th, State Representative Anitere (R-Miami, 114) passed HB 469, reinstating FloridaÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s Back-to-School sales tax holiday. The Florida House unanimously passed this bi-partisan measure. The bill provides for a one-time 3-day sales tax holiday for clothing and other school supplies purchased from August 13th-15th of this year.
"As a parent, I understand how every little bit helps when it comes to crafting a family budget, especially in these challenging economic times,ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â stated Representative Flores. ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis bill will provide Florida families with a respite from sales taxes at a time when they are preparing their children for the school year.ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
The bill expands the school supply list to include, among other items, pens, pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, rulers, glue, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, and folders.