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Landlords and tenants are navigating an unprecedented time, as the COVID19 pandemic has shuttered nearly all nonessential businesses.

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Florida's overwhelmed online unemployment-compensation system was continuing to show signs of stress Monday morning after being taken down over the weekend as the state scrambles to process applications and reduce a massive backlog of claims caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Miller’s Ale House notified the state April 9 it furloughed almost 1,600 employees at 18 locations in Florida, including 245 at three of its six Northeast Florida restaurants.

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Shop owners in rural counties without large reported outbreaks of COVID-19 are ready to reopen under new sanitation and physical distancing guidelines, the state’s top business regulator said Friday.

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As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so too are the layoff notices being filed with the state.

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The devastation Florida's economy is experiencing from the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more apparent each day with the launch of a new unemployment tracking tool by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

A car stops to pick up reemployment forms.
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Just over 6 percent of people who have filed jobless claims since mid-March had received checks as of Sunday, inching up from roughly 4 percent when Gov. Ron DeSantis revamped management of the overwhelmed unemployment-compensation system last week.


Jacksonville-based department store chain Stein Mart’s future is looking more uncertain as a planned stock buyout by Kingswood Capital Management, L.P. has fallen apart.

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Via Brightway Insurance

Brightway Insurance, a Jacksonville-based insurance company, will be holding its first virtual job fair on Monday, April 20.

The insurance company will hold a webinar on Zoom, where they will share information on the company and take questions. Those attending the webinar can dress casually. 

People can register for the webinar here. It will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Brightway is looking to hire for more than 20 positions including: 

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Florida Blue

Updated at 1:22 on April 14 to reflect that the April 14 job fair is full.

While record numbers of people are applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, some companies are hiring hundreds of people in Jacksonville.

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While many workers on the First Coast, especially those in the hospitality industry, are finding themselves suddenly struggling; a handful of the largest retailers are upping wages and hiring.

Visit Jacksonville

Florida’s unemployment rate approached the end of 2019 at a historic low while Jacksonville has seen a robust number of new jobs created this year.

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With employees being thrown out of work as a result of the city's ordering the shutdown of internet cafes, an upcoming job fair aimed at helping them is quickly growing in size. 

Unemployment Trended Down In Jacksonville In September

Oct 18, 2019
Downtown Jacksonville
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Jacksonville’s jobless rate dropped to 3% in September, down from 3.6% in August, the state reported Friday.


Even before many people are thinking about Halloween, UPS is preparing for the holiday shopping season to come after that.

Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville.
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Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Jacksonville added 18,100 new private-sector jobs over the past year as the number of employed Floridians surpassed 10 million for the first time.

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In the past year, Jacksonville’s unemployment rate has decreased from 3.7% to 3.5%. 

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Jacksonville Daily Record

Plymouth Industrial REIT Inc. intends to continue investing in Jacksonville after it completes the $97 million acquisition of 20 Southside buildings in mid-December.

Business Brief: 'Project Flamingo' Seeks Incentives To Create 30 Jobs

Nov 16, 2018
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A national skin and hair care products manufacturer is considering expanding in Jacksonville with 30 permanent and 400 seasonal jobs in exchange for $1.425 million in city incentives.

Ryan Ketterman / Visit Jacksonville

New unemployment figures out Friday show Jacksonville’s unemployment rate is continuing to improve.

Florida's Jobless Rate Inches Up

Jan 22, 2018
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Florida’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from November to December, as the estimated number of people out of work grew by 5,000 from the state’s workforce of 10.1 million.

Pratt Guys store exterior
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Pratt Guys is looking to hire 13 new people at its job fair on Sunday, Jan.21, at the company’s headquarters.

Solar panels being installed.
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Legislation has been filed for what appears to be nearly $54 million in public incentives to lure a solar company to Jacksonville.

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Florida’s November jobs report shows slow, but steady improvement in the Sunshine State’s job market.

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A large job fair is scheduled at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Advanced Technology Center from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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The Georgia-Pacific paper company, the largest private employer in Putnam County, announced on Friday it’s expanding its Palatka operation with a giant new machine.

The $400 million piece of equipment is expected to help the company add more than 120 jobs.

Amazon’s decision to open two fulfillment centers, a delivery station and a warehouse in Jacksonville means 4,000 jobs need to be filled.


Home furnishing retailer IKEA is making progress on its first-ever Jacksonville store.

The IKEA construction team hit a milestone, as the first blue external wall went up at its site at the corner of Gate Parkway and Interstate 295 on the city’s Southside.

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