The jobs picture in Jacksonville picked up in June with unemployment dropping to 8% as compared to 10.4% in May, according to numbers released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

TIAA Bank Field

More than 700 employees at TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, have gotten another round of bad news.

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Amazon has announced it has signed three new leases across Florida, including one in Jacksonville for the former Kmart building at 4645 Blanding Blvd. on the city’s Westside.

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The Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center is permanently closing, along with the seven other stores it operates across Florida.

Photo of Stein Mart's corporate headquarters on the Jacksonville Southbank.

Jacksonville-based Stein Mart’s future is looking bleak, according to the annual report the department store chain has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Florida Gets 86,000 Jobless Claims, As Numbers Trend Down

Jun 19, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Economic reopening efforts across Florida were reflected Thursday in a report on initial unemployment claims, which fell last week below six figures for the first time since the coronavirus shuttered businesses in March.

CSX Cuts 86 Jobs, Primarily In Jacksonville

Jun 18, 2020
The CSX headquarters building in Downtown Jacksonville is pictured.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville-based CSX Corp. said June 17 it cut 86 jobs as part of a management realignment.


The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel, which is the largest and closest facility to the site of the August Republican National Convention, is shedding 200 workers ahead of what the Duval GOP describes as the "greatest event to come to Jacksonville since the Super Bowl."

Folio Weekly cover photo of John Phillips

Jacksonville’s alternative weekly newspaper is making a comeback.

Lowe's Posts Jobs For North Jacksonville Distribution Center

Jun 10, 2020
Freebird Commerce Center.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Lowe’s Companies Inc. appears to be working toward opening a distribution warehouse in Freebird Commerce Center in North Jacksonville.

Gov. DeSantis Dismisses Call For Federal Unemployment Probe

Jun 8, 2020

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis dismissed as partisan a request Monday by two Democratic U.S. senators for a federal investigation related to Florida’s handling of unemployment benefits.

“Well, I've never heard of partisan politics in Washington D.C. before. Oh, my goodness. Can you imagine that?” DeSantis, a former congressman, derisively replied when asked in Miami about the request by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. “Look, these guys are very partisan. That's all they're doing.”

Jacksonville Only Area In FL To Show Construction Jobs Rise Between March, April

Jun 8, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville is the only metropolitan statistical area in Florida to show a rise in construction employment between March and April, the height of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Anne D'Innocenzio / AP File photo

  J.C. Penney, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, has announced its Regency Square Mall store in Jacksonville is among 154 stores closing nationwide.

Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET

The U.S economy rebounded with surprising strength last month as businesses began to reopen from the coronavirus lockdown. U.S. employers added 2.5 million jobs in May, and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.


Empty interior of the Five Points Chapel & Event Hall.
Five Points Chapel & Event Hall

A new wedding and event venue recently opened in Riverside. Then the pandemic hit.

Gov. DeSantis Says Bars, Movie Theaters Can Reopen Friday

Jun 3, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis
The Florida Channel

Bars, tattoo shops and movie theaters can partially reopen Friday in most of the state, as Gov. Ron DeSantis moves into the second phase of his plan to revive the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

52 JAA Employees Accept Voluntary Separations After JAX Airport Sees 95% Drop

Jun 3, 2020
Officials discussed the impact of COVID-19 on passenger traffic at Jacksonville International Airport on Tuesday.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Following a 95% decline in passenger volumes because of COVID-19, Jacksonville International Airport is postponing its Concourse B expansion.

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Jacksonville Daily Record

GuideWell is hiring is hiring 1,200 licensed health insurance agents to prepare for the fall open enrollment period. 

Forcura To Add 115 Jobs, Expand Jacksonville Headquarters

May 28, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Forcura announced May 27 it will add 115 jobs by the end of 2022 and open a new headquarters in the city with help from an economic development agreement Project Graph, which City Council unanimously approved in March.

Duval County's 11.3% Unemployment Rate Less Than State's

May 26, 2020
Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As bad as the unemployment numbers are, the Jacksonville metropolitan area’s four big counties are all doing better than the state as a whole.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events

When COVID-19 hit, it slammed the brakes on Jacksonville’s Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events, resulting in 62 layoffs. But now the Southside entertainment complex is revving back up.

A data breach has occurred at Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity. The Department says it notified individuals that were part of the incident associated with unemployment claims. Exactly how many people are impacted has not been released.

In a letter to the department's head, Dem. Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) asked how many people are affected, what information was released, how the breach occurred, and what is being done to make sure it won't happen again.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that most remaining unsettled claims in the state’s heavily criticized unemployment system are due to incomplete applications.

Picture of men in Facemasks walking by closed sign
Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

Another 221,905 Floridians filed unemployment claims last week.

Hundreds of thousands laid-off workers who can’t get their unemployment money from the state of Florida got more bad news Wednesday. A state judge says she had no authority to order the immediate payment of jobless claims.

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Ken Teegardin / Wikimedia Commons

Visionworks has "temporarily separated" 287 employees across Florida and the First Coast.


Another 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total to more than 30 million applying for unemployment in the six weeks since COVID-19 started hammering the economy.

Downtown Jacksonville as seen from the Southbank.

A new study finds Florida has seen the biggest unemployment increase in the country over the past week, due to COVID-19.


A new report by an ecommerce software company asserts the workforces in Jacksonville and Florida are among the hardest hit in the country by COVID-19.

Jacksonville Daily Record

As Jacksonville works on plans to reopen its economy, the economic fallout continues growing.