Saturday, January 25, 2020
DeSantis that the unemployment rate in Florida stood at 3.0 percent in December, down from 3.1 percent from November and from 3.3 percent at the start of the year thanks to 220,000 Floridians entering the workforce throughout 2019 and more than 198,000 new private sector jobs. The national unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent in December.
“The incredibly high numbers mirror the record-setting pace of travel and tourism in Florida. The top weekends for Airbnb guests traveling to Florida included the end-of-year holidays, Fourth of July and Spring Break,” Airbnb noted.
Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor and Dr. Sean Snaith, the director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness, will share their insights as part of the Florida Realtors’ annual Mid-Winter Business Meetings at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld from Jan. 22 through Jan. 26. 
With the $5.58 million grant, Pinellas County has received $9.65 in FEMA funds to help remove debris.
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis released the “2020 Florida Military and Defense Economic Impact Study" which was commissioned by Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF).
Crist announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is sending $4.4 million in Continuum of Care grants. 
"Well, in this season of opportunity, we can say there is more out there to achieve for our state – and there is no reason why we can’t seize this moment and deliver for the people of Florida."
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer wrote Buchanan and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., last week, promising the Trump administration will continue to attempt to protect American farmers from unfair trade practices, including from Mexican farmers.
“The Florida Chamber’s annual jobs and competitiveness agenda – the Florida Business Agenda – is a set of priorities that will help grow private-sector jobs, continue to create economic opportunity in Florida and further diversify our economy,” said Charles Caulkins, a partner at Fisher Phillips and the chairman of the Florida Chamber.
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., brought out the “Freedom from Regulating Edible Supplies and Horticulture Trucking Act” (FRESH Trucking Act) which, he insists, will “improve safety conditions for commercial agricultural drivers by eliminating harmful regulations that can result in dangerous driving practices and spoilage of products.”