Pension reform, job openings, and the new year are in the headlines today.

Florida’s lowest-paid workers are set to get a roughly three-hundred-dollar annual raise starting on January first. Currently, the hourly minimum wage in the state is $7.79, and it will go up by 14 cents in January.

Due to a constitutional amendment passed in 2004, minimum wage in Florida is tied to inflation, creating the salary bump. But one state senator doesn’t think it goes far enough.

Senator Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat, has filed a bill to raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for every worker in the state. He says rising gas and food prices make it hard for low-wage earners to make ends meet.

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It's the time of the season for holiday workplace parties, and one local attorney wants to make sure you keep your job, and keep your record clean this year.

Nathan B. Forrest, Michael Dunn, and sinkholes are in the headlines today.

New Non-Profit Helps Jax Hispanic Residents Find Jobs

Dec 5, 2013
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A new non-profit organization that opened its doors in Jacksonville less than a year ago is working to find jobs for Jacksonville's Hispanic community.

Only a relatively low 130,000 jobs were added to private employers' payrolls in October and the labor market in September was even weaker than first thought, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

Anger growing over a lack of school librarians, jurors expected to begin Allied Veterans deliberations, and some fort crashing St. Augustine tourists are in headlines this morning.

As the government shutdown enters its fifth day, House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to spar over who's being more unreasonable in this fight.

GOP members now find themselves on the defensive, as they face questions about forgoing pay and forgoing staff during the widespread furloughs.

The work that Shaun O'Connell does is required by law, yet now he's sidelined by the government shutdown.

O'Connell reviews disability claims for the Social Security Administration in New York, checking that no one's gaming the system, while ensuring people with legitimate medical problems are compensated properly.

Billions of dollars are at stake with this kind of work, yet O'Connell is considered a nonessential employee for purposes of the partial government shutdown.

As Florida anticipates an $846 million budget surplus for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Governor Rick Scott has been traveling the state to drum up support for tax cuts. Scott says his $500 million tax cut package will promote job creation.

Economic analyst Hank Fishkind took a close look at the state budget numbers and Governor Scott’s plan.

He tells WMFE’s Nicole Creston that he agrees some of the tax and fee cuts will be good for job growth, but he thinks some strategic spending would help, too.

Thirteen Duval County teachers are among the hundreds of educators being laid off this summer by the Florida Virtual School.

The online school cut 177 full-time positions and 625 part-time instructors in July and August. The layoffs are due in part to an unexpected drop in student enrollment, according to Tania Clow with Florida Virtual School.

“This is the first year we’ve shown a decline," says Clow, adding that enrollment had increased 20 percent in 2011 and 2012. 

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking business owners in Massachusetts to book a "one way ticket" to the Sunshine State this summer.

Jacksonville Job Openings Up 25 Percent in July

Aug 7, 2013

A new report shows job openings in Jacksonville increased last month.

The city was among 40 of the nation’s top 50 largest metropolitan areas which saw increased postings, according to a report from job search engine Simply Hired.

Jacksonville employers posted 27,876 jobs in July, a more than 25 percent increase over last year.

Across the country, openings increased by 1.8 percent from June and 22.5 percent over July 2012.

(Most recent update: 10 a.m. ET.)

The nation's jobless rate edged down to 7.5 percent in April from 7.6 percent in March and employers added 165,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.