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AP News

In tight market, Census plans to hike pay in some places

Faced with a tight labor market, U.S. Census Bureau officials said Thursday they plan to raise wages for census workers in some areas and make it easier for applicants to get fingerprinted for background checks. Bureau officials told members of the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations that low unemployment was making it challenging in some communities to hire up to 500,000 temporary workers needed to survey households during next year’s 2020 Census. The bureau tested the job market in late summer and early fall when it hired 32,000 temporary workers to help verify addresses ahead of the 2020 count.

Palm Beach Florida Weekly

State’s small businesses say workforce quality top issue

Even though Florida is outpacing the national average in jobs created, workforce quality continues to be the top concern among Florida small businesses, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Quarter Small Business Index Survey. This is the 10th quarter out of 11 that small businesses have ranked this issue among their top concern. Despite this concern, job creators expect higher sales than last year. “It is likely that Florida will continue to outpace the U.S. in terms of job growth in 2020,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, chief economist and director of research at the Florida Chamber Foundation. “Although Florida’s small businesses are not quite as optimistic about their outlook for the economy as in past surveys, 70 percent of them expect to have higher sales next year than during the previous year.”

Orlando Sentinel

Senate breathes life into Visit Florida, but will House go along?

A move to keep the lights on at the state’s tourism-marketing agency for most of the next decade easily cleared a Senate committee Tuesday, but the future of Visit Florida remains in the House’s hands. The embattled public-private agency was forced to cut staff by one-third earlier this year and faces a shutdown date of July 1, 2020, unless the Legislature acts. “I’m standing by to see,” Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, said when asked whether the House would sign off on the Senate's proposal. “Every county in this state depends upon tourism in some part for its total economic health and wealth. Every county.