DeSantis announces first emergency bridge loan for small business impacted by Hurricane Sally

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the first Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan has been approved for a business impacted by Hurricane Sally.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will provide the loan to Brett Hinely, owner of Bluewater Bay Marina in Niceville, Florida.

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Manufacturing, logistics employers gear up for virtual career fair

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2020) – CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a virtual Manufacturing and Logistics Career Fair on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The career fair is free and held in partnership with the Mid-FL Regional Manufacturers Association (MRMA).

Interested job candidates may register now at bit.ly/MLCareerFair. More information is also available at careersourceclm.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS (5627).

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State DEO revises July, August unemployment figures

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has revised the July and August 2020 local area unemployment statistics released on September 18.

According to information provided by DEO’s Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research, the revision is “due to an agricultural employment atypical adjustment not being applied to the previously released data.”  There is no change to the statewide labor statistics.

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Master Gardeners available daily to answer citizen questions

Each weekday, Master Gardeners are available, at no charge, to answer questions, identify plants and problems and make recommendations, when needed.

The Plant Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Citrus County Extension office at 3650 W. Sovereign Path on the Lecanto Government Complex.

Citizens are also welcome to call 352-527

Region’s economy shows strong signs of recovery in August

OCALA, Fla. (Sept.18, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.4 percent in August, 3.2 percentage point lower than in July and 2.1 percentage point higher than the region’s rate a year ago rate.

There were 13,020 unemployed in the region, 6,102 fewer than the previous month but still 4,356 more than August 2019.

The region’s labor force of 202,134, an expansion of 3,702 since July, was fueled by a strong increase in employment over the month – an increase of 9,804 to 189,114 – coupled with the sharp drop in the number of unemployed.

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USDA extends WIC COVID-19 flexibilities for duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency

(Washington, D.C., September 21, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the extension of more than a dozen flexibilities ensuring participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA’s proactive extension of these waivers throughout the national public health emergency will ensure nutritionally at-risk mothers, babies and children receive the critical nutrition benefits and services they count on in a safe manner while allowing the program to operate based on local conditions throughout the pandemic.

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