Jobs to hawk in a tough South Florida hiring market

A brutal job market has been surprisingly productive for Tiffany Price, who makes a living off employers who can’t find workers. “Everyone here is struggling to find people,’’ Price said from the floor of the job fair she organized recently in West Palm Beach, where more than two-dozen companies paid about $850 each to set […]

Labor Day more upbeat for workers than previous years

This Labor Day, workers will find themselves in a generally improved job market from a year ago. For some employees, that lift or advertising would possibly in the end be around the corner as employers are more interested in keeping workers. For task seekers, there are broader possibilities, especially for extremely-skilled employees. I feel a […]

College becoming unaffordable to Middle Class

Many Florida families have been paying up to 25 percent of median income for public in-state college costs — out of reach for some middle-class parents who have taken recent pay cuts or lost jobs, according to a new study. Some South Florida families are paying even more — plunking down what amounts to about […]

Turnaround towns: California metros surpass S. Fla. in housing recovery

While South Florida housing markets are improving, they’re losing ground as “turnaround towns.” California communities dominate’s top 10 metro areas with the most impressive recoveries from the housing collapse. Although Miami-Dade County ranks third, it’s the only Florida metro to crack the quarterly list, dropping from No. 2 in the first quarter. Broward County […]

South Florida helping state’s economic recovery, economist says

Florida’s economy has gained momentum in the past year, with Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties helping the state on its slow trek to recovering from the devastating Great Recession, according to an analysis released Friday by the Wells Fargo Economic Group. “All indications point to stronger gains this year,” Wells Fargo senior economist Mark […]

South Florida boating industry expects good turnout for Memorial Day weekend

Marinas and boating retailers are preparing for the start of the summer boating season in South Florida — if the weather cooperates. Broward and Palm Beach counties are home to more than 77,000 boats, many of which will crowd the Intracoastal Waterway, nearby sandbars and the open Atlantic to enjoy the warm and hopefully sunny […]

Fort Lauderdale postmark soon to be history as postal centers close

Say goodbye to that smudgy black postmark reading “Fort Lauderdale.” Bid farewell also to speedier delivery of mail, at least outside South Florida. In an effort to address budget woes from a severe decline in mail volume, the U.S. Postal Service is closing Broward County’s two massive mail processing centers and shifting operations to a […]

West Palm Beach woman accused of more than $28K in Medicaid fraud

A Palm Beach County woman was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft and Medicaid fraud of more than $28,000, the Florida Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. Edna Iris Torres, 62, of West Palm Beach, was arrested on a felony warrant by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and taken into custody at […]

JetBlue in growth mode in South Florida

JetBlue Airways is adding flights to the Caribbean and Latin America from South Florida, hoping to cash in on South Floridians’ roots in those areas. The New York-based airline operates hundreds of flights across the United States and is now a leading carrier at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Palm Beach International airports. Experts say JetBlue […]

South Florida home-building on the way back

New home construction is on the rise by luxury home builder Toll Brothers at the Parkland Golf and Country Club. Last year Broward had 949 starts, up 19 percent from the year before. Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel (Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel / April 5, 2012) Buyers looking for a brand new home are likely to […]

Florida tops in delinquent mortgage loans

Florida has more delinquent mortgage loans backed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae than any other state, according to a new report. The Sunshine State had 292,000 delinquent loans by the government-sponsored agencies as of Dec. 31. Of those,166,000 have been late on payments for at least a year. California, the largest state, in contrast, […]

How South Florida’s top 1 percent live

The top 1 percent have a household income north of $400,000 a year — $401,600 in Broward County, $456,206 in Palm Beach County and $413,372 in Miami-Dade, according to a national survey of household incomes by Washington-based Sentier Research. In the membership are some big names like LeBron James, who makes $44 million a year; […]