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02/02/2016 - 10:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Today stands out in the national spotlight for two reasons – first, we have the Iowa caucus results…and second, it’s Groundhog Day! 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says Groundhog Day can teach us a few things about how to view the economics of early primary results.
01/26/2016 - 1:02pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s December jobs report is out, and the numbers paint a fairly rosy picture – nearly 21,900 jobs were added across the state and the unemployment rate dipped to five percent. But economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the numbers are a little off, largely due to a record-keeping quirk in the benchmarking process. He tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston that the jobs outlook for the coming months may be a bit better than it appears.
01/19/2016 - 1:00pm in Fishkind Commentaries
The state Legislature is considering Governor Rick Scott’s high-stakes proposal to extend the gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The compact officially expired last July. In part, it authorized the Seminole Tribe to offer various types of gambling at its seven casinos across Florida. And some games could only be offered at Tribe-owned facilities. The rules differ in Miami-Dade and Broward County, where residents voted to allow slot machines at some pari-mutuels, or “racinos.” 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there’s a lot of money at stake.
01/12/2016 - 12:58pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Economic data from the first days of 2016 seem contradictory. On one side, there’s the stock market – it had its worst opening week since 2011, down about 6% and losing almost $1.4 trillion in value. On the other side is the nearly 300,000 jobs added by US employers in December…that made for the best year in job creation since 1999. So, should we be worried about the outlook for 2016? 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the answer is a little yes, a little no.
01/05/2016 - 12:55pm in Fishkind Commentaries
New data from the US Census Bureau shows Florida’s 2015 population growth accelerating past the 20 million mark. That means Florida was second only to Texas in the number of new state residents. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says while Florida saw an increase in international and overseas migration, the majority of the influx was from other US states. And he says while Florida benefits economically from population growth, there’s a balance to strike between making room for new residents and preserving natural resources…like drinking water.
12/22/2015 - 1:21pm in Fishkind Commentaries
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates, Congress passed a budget, and Florida released its latest employment numbers last week. That’s kept economic analyst Hank Fishkind busy. 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with him to talk about the affects we’ll feel here in central Florida.
12/15/2015 - 11:40am in Fishkind Commentaries
This time of year is usually good for retail sales. But the November numbers have just come out, and 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that at just a .2% gain, they are weak for the fourth straight month. While that looks worrisome, he says, the retail numbers are much better once gas prices and auto sales are removed from the equation.
12/08/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
There are now about 350,000 people in central Florida living in poverty. The local poverty rate of 16.2 percent is just above the national average, and it has jumped nearly five percent since 2009 – the depths of the Great Recession. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the high poverty rates were unexpected given the area’s booming job growth, and he explores with 90.7’s Nicole Creston the possible factors behind the numbers.
12/01/2015 - 9:20am in Fishkind Commentaries
Gov. Rick Scott has crafted a budget that makes cuts in business taxes and healthcare, but boosts education spending. 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with economic analyst, Hank Fishkind, who has been combing the budget and counting the dollars.