Rendering of Jacksonville distribution center. will be opening a 180-square-feet distribution center in Northwest Jacksonville next year that will result in 150 new full-time jobs.

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Jacksonville-area residents from Orange Park to Murray Hill are reporting yard waste and recycling is piling up on curbs as a labor shortage in the waste industry is impacting trash pickup across the First Coast. 

Kroger To Create 180 Jobs At Jacksonville Delivery Center

Jun 25, 2021
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Jacksonville Daily Record

Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. says it will open its grocery delivery operation in Jacksonville this month, although its website does not appear to accept orders yet from the area.

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The Jacksonville area’s unemployment rate is one percentage point off pre-pandemic levels.

Local HR Firm: 2 Trends Emerging For Employee Benefits

Jun 18, 2021
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Jax Daily Record

The foundation of the traditional employee benefits concept is for an employer to, in addition to pay for services, offer programs and products that contribute to employees’ and their families’ wellness and financial security.

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Florida’s hospitality industry is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic after 1.5 million employees were furloughed or laid off starting in March of last year.

Pictured from left: Nick Smith, SmartStream Executive VP; Haytham Kaddoura, SmartStream CEO; Mayor Lenny Curry; Bharat Malesha, SmartStream Executive VP

SmartStream, a financial technology company that's headquartered in London and owned by the government of Dubai, opened a Jacksonville office this week.

Fla. Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest Level Since March 2020

Jun 10, 2021

For the first time in more than a year, Florida has posted a weekly count of new unemployment claims on par with the period just before the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread economic damage.

Florida leaders love to tout the state's economic growth as a pandemic success story. But wages in Florida are lower than other states.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average weekly wages in Florida’s 25 largest counties were below the national average of $1,173 in the third quarter of 2020.

It's been that way for decades, and the disparity is especially bad in the state's largest industry: tourism.

Florida recently joined a number of other states in cutting federal unemployment benefits early. The decision comes as businesses across the state report significant employment gaps.

Last week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reinstated a “work search” rule that was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension allowed people to bypass a requirement to apply for five jobs a week before receiving benefits.

TALLAHASSEE --- Floridians struggling since the start of the coronavirus pandemic are being forced to take jobs below their skill levels and at low wages as the state scales back unemployment assistance, opponents of reducing aid said Thursday.

Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, along with officials from the Florida AFL-CIO and the Florida People’s Advocacy Center embarked on a long-shot effort to get Gov. Ron DeSantis to reverse a decision to stop providing $300 a week in federal unemployment assistance starting June 26.

Updated June 2, 2021 at 1:37 PM ET

Amazon will no longer test most job applicants for marijuana use in the latest sign of America's changing relationship with pot. Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the U.S., also says it now backs legalizing marijuana nationwide.

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Florida Republican leaders touted the state’s economy Wednesday and said they expect businesses to boost hiring as additional federal unemployment benefits end in the coming weeks.

Genpact has informed the state it will be permanently laying off approximately 489 workers at its Deerwood Park location on Jacksonville’s Southside on August 31.

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Many First Coast area businesses are struggling to keep pace with booming demand from newly vaccinated customers looking to get back into the swing of things after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all local COVID-19 emergency orders earlier this month.

State Readies 'Work Search' Requirement

May 13, 2021

People in Florida’s unemployment system will have to show they looked for work on a weekly basis after Memorial Day, as the state pushes to get workers back on the job, particularly at restaurants.


Restaurants and hotels around Jacksonville are struggling to find employees as business starts to ramp up while vaccination rates climb. So business owners are teaming up to host a multi-location job fair across Northeast Florida next Tuesday, May 18.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

If watching the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp play isn’t enough for you, now’s your chance to join the crew at 121 Financial Park. 

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Jacksonville Fire and Rescue is hiring emergency communications officers to answer 911 and non-emergency calls and to send personnel and equipment where needed.

A view of the Blount Island Marine Terminal with the Dames Point Bridge and Jacksonville skyline in the background.
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Portus-Jacksonville has announced it's letting go 138 workers after losing a contract for stevedoring and terminal services at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal. Stevedores load and unload cargo from ships.

Lowes plans to hire more than 50,000 workers nationwide.

Lowes has announced it will be hiring nearly 550 new employees across its Jacksonville stores during the company’s national hiring day on Tuesday.

Jacksonville Unemployment Rises To 4.4% Despite Thousands Finding Jobs In March

Apr 19, 2021
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More than 7,500 people gained work around Jacksonville last month but the area’s unemployment rate still rose to 4.4 percent, data that state officials released Friday showed.

DeSantis Expresses Opposition To Increasing Unemployment Benefits

Apr 16, 2021
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Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed opposition Friday to a Senate proposal that would increase unemployment benefits, as Florida’s jobless rate held steady at 4.7 % in March.

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Fidelity Investments has announced a big national hiring spree, which will include filling 375 new full-time jobs in Jacksonville by mid-year.

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Addison Davis has led the country’s eighth largest school district for about 13 months — basically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A construction worker wears a protective mask during the coronavirus pandemic as he unloads a truck standing in front of a sign reminding people to stay six feet apart.
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The city of Jacksonville is launching a new program called Operation Boost. It’s designed to help low income residents find employment opportunities and get training to help them secure higher paying jobs.

Masked woman outside of an unemployment office with a "now hiring" sign.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

A new analysis from the left-leaning Florida Policy Institute finds that during the coronavirus pandemic, Black and Latino workers in Florida were more likely than white workers to be denied unemployment benefits. 

Jacksonville Hiring Summer Lifeguards

Apr 6, 2021
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The city of Jacksonville is looking for certified lifeguards 15-years-old and up to work at city swimming pools this summer.

TALLAHASSEE --- A plan to revamp Florida’s much-criticized online unemployment system is now moving on both sides of the Capitol, while advocates for workers continue to push lawmakers to consider increasing jobless benefits.

With few questions and little comment, the House Tourism, Infrastructure & Energy Subcommittee on Thursday unanimously backed a proposal (HB 1463) that would overhaul the less-than-decade-old CONNECT unemployment system and move to a cloud-based system.