Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4% in November 2013, down three-tenths of a point over the month, and down 1.6 percentage points from a year ago.
The rate was the lowest since another 6.4% mark in July, 2008, according to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. It translates to 599,000 Floridians out of work, and is lower than the nationwide jobless figure of seven percent. Compared to November, 2012, the number of jobs in the state was up by 183,000 – a 2.5% increase.
Thursday afternoon The White House announced that President Obama granted clemency to 21 individuals, including a Pensacola woman serving a life sentence.
In 1997, Stephanie Yvette George went to trial in Pensacola on a relatively minor drug charge. But...it was her third offense, so when she was convicted she was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence: life in prison. Now, 16 years later, Stephanie received word that she will soon be released from prison.
Football fans in Northwest Florida who are planning a trip to the BCS National Championship football game on January 6th are being advised to be careful with whom they deal when they purchase tickets.
Danielle Rudd with northwest Florida’s Better Business Bureau says there’s no shortage of websites, classified ads and even word-of-mouth offering tickets to see Florida State square off against Auburn in Pasadena, California. She says always do your homework before you make that purchase.
The semifinals of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge will take place this weekend. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition and other teams are programming robots to operate in disaster situations.
The holiday season is usually filled with merriment and cheer, but is also accompanied by a slight increase in crime. The Escambia County Sheriff’s office offers tips to prevent crime this holiday season. Deputy Delarian Wiggins says that it is common for people intending to break into a car to check the door handles in store parking lots.