jobs http://wlrn.org en Report: South Florida College Grads Earn More http://wlrn.org/post/report-south-florida-college-grads-earn-more <div id="full_story"><p>Students awarded bachelor degrees at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University had the highest median earnings in the state, according to a new report from the Florida Department of Education.</p><p>And graduates of Broward College, Florida Keys Community College and Miami Dade College tended to earn more than graduates completing associate degrees at other state colleges.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:12:30 +0000 John O'Connor 34392 at http://wlrn.org Report: South Florida College Grads Earn More Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You http://wlrn.org/post/felons-drop-outs-and-poor-broward-wants-hire-you <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">Felons, high-school dropouts and the poor might get a helping hand when looking for a job in Broward County. </span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to try and give half of those new contract-related jobs to hard-to-hire people.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:46:54 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29187 at http://wlrn.org Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You Miami Fast-Food Workers Protest Their Low Wages http://wlrn.org/post/miami-fast-food-workers-protest-their-low-wages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday morning was one of the few times fast-food workers publicly protested lower wages in Miami, joining the dozens of cities that hosted protesters back in December. The protest coincided with the release of a new study from </span>FIU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Research Institute of Social and Economic Policy which, among other things, looks at the intersection of low-paying jobs and wage theft.</span></p><p>Wilson Sayre went to the protest:</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:30:03 +0000 Wilson Sayre 29412 at http://wlrn.org Miami Fast-Food Workers Protest Their Low Wages Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students http://wlrn.org/post/entrepeneur-brings-tech-education-minority-students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;started the program <a href="http://codefevermiami.com" target="_blank">Code Fever</a> last year to reach that goal.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:22:42 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 26627 at http://wlrn.org Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students Offering Higher Wages, Aldi Brings New Meaning To 'Discount' http://wlrn.org/post/offering-higher-wages-aldi-brings-new-meaning-discount <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The discount grocery store </span>Aldi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is opening up four new locations in South Florida: Palm Springs, Deerfield Beach, Hialeah and Miami Gardens. In order to staff those locations, the discount grocer is holding hiring fairs throughout the area on Jan. 15 and 16.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:43:24 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26433 at http://wlrn.org Offering Higher Wages, Aldi Brings New Meaning To 'Discount' South Florida Democrats Join National Effort For A $10 Minimum Wage http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-democrats-join-national-effort-10-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s minimum wage rose by 14 cents on Jan.&nbsp;</span>1,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to $7.93 per hour.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But two South Florida lawmakers say that doesn't go far enough.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0456" target="_blank">They’ve filed bills to raise the minimum wage</a> to $10.10 per hour.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The wage increase would also apply to workers who earn tips, like restaurant servers currently making $4.91 per hour.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:20:38 +0000 Gina Jordan 26256 at http://wlrn.org South Florida Democrats Join National Effort For A $10 Minimum Wage Senator Says Florida's Troubled Unemployment System May Violate Federal Law http://wlrn.org/post/senator-says-floridas-troubled-unemployment-system-may-violate-federal-law <p>The trouble with Florida’s revamped unemployment website is getting more attention in Washington. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is again <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/nelson-asks-feds-a-second-time-to-investigate-intervene-floridas/2160070" target="_blank">calling for a federal investigation.</a></p><p>More than 200,000 jobless Floridians use the website to file for weekly benefits worth up to $275.</p><p>The new website debuted in mid-October after the state spent four years and $63 million upgrading equipment.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 26191 at http://wlrn.org Senator Says Florida's Troubled Unemployment System May Violate Federal Law Your Employer May Well Know You’re Reading This http://wlrn.org/post/your-employer-may-well-know-you-re-reading <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ask your boss if she likes this story. With the right software she could be monitoring every key stroke and screen shot of your company-issued smart phone or computer. Every single day. Every word you say.</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:17:02 +0000 Kenny Malone 26067 at http://wlrn.org Your Employer May Well Know You’re Reading This Florida's New Minimum Wage Takes Effect In January http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-new-minimum-wage-takes-effect-january <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">Recent protests across the country were aimed at doubling the federal minimum wage. In Florida the minimum wage will go up on Jan. 1, but not nearly by that much. Each year, the state’s minimum wage is automatically increased based on inflation. WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Kenny Malone has more details:</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:38:56 +0000 25663 at http://wlrn.org Florida's New Minimum Wage Takes Effect In January Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute http://wlrn.org/post/mayor-gimenezs-veto-prevails-county-worker-pay-dispute <p>The healthcare deduction for Miami-Dade County employees stays put. Commissioners failed by one vote to overturn Mayor Carlos Gimenez's veto on union workers' pay.<br /><br />That means most county employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare instead of getting that money restored as of Jan. 1, as commissioners had supported two weeks ago.<br /><br />Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa switched her vote, saying she could not endorse eliminating the healthcare contribution if it could lead to employee layoffs.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:46:01 +0000 Kelley Mitchell & Rick Stone 25285 at http://wlrn.org Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute Did Gov. Rick Scott Keep His 700,000-Jobs Promise? http://wlrn.org/post/did-gov-rick-scott-keep-his-700000-jobs-promise <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s economy is improving, and soon voters will have to decide whether </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Scott deserves enough of the credit to be reelected next year.</span></p><p>Scott made jobs his top priority. He said his administration would make efforts leading to <a href="http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2010/jul/26/rick-scott/rick-scott-touts-7-7-7-plan-create-700000-jobs-sev/" target="_blank">700,000 new jobs over seven years</a> – a number above the economic growth forecast by state economists.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:29:37 +0000 Gina Jordan 24864 at http://wlrn.org Did Gov. Rick Scott Keep His 700,000-Jobs Promise? More Lawyers Turning To Non-Traditional Legal Work http://wlrn.org/post/more-lawyers-turning-non-traditional-legal-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallahassee boasts </span><a href="http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes231011.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">one of the highest concentrations of lawyers in the country</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of those lawyers are in jobs that have nothing to do with being in a courtroom.</span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:49:13 +0000 Gina Jordan 24510 at http://wlrn.org More Lawyers Turning To Non-Traditional Legal Work Fort Lauderdale Among Best Places For Veterans To Find Work http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-among-best-places-veterans-find-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fort Lauderdale isn’t just a Mecca for spring breakers and world travelers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s also a great place to live if you’re a veteran looking for work.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fort Lauderdale is ranked No. 10 on the “</span><a href="https://www.usaa.com/inet/pages/enterprise_bestplaces2013_landing_mkt?akredirect=true" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">2013 Best Places for Veterans: Jobs</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” report.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:13:57 +0000 Gina Jordan 24031 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale Among Best Places For Veterans To Find Work Enterprise Florida Meets In Coral Gables Amid Accusations Of Corruption http://wlrn.org/post/enterprise-florida-meets-coral-gables-amid-accusations-corruption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s public-private economic development agency is holding a two-day meeting in Coral Gables this week.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.eflorida.com/NewsRoomFL/About_EFI.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Enterprise Florida</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>EFI<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) is a partnership between business and government to lure companies and jobs to the state. It’s funded by Florida taxpayers as well as private-sector businesses.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 22834 at http://wlrn.org Enterprise Florida Meets In Coral Gables Amid Accusations Of Corruption Florida Students Above Average On International Math And Science Tests, Still Trail Top Countries http://wlrn.org/post/florida-students-above-average-international-math-and-science-tests-still-trail-top-countries <div id="attachment_20477" class="wp-caption module image left" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Florida students beat international averages on a math and science test, but still trail top-performing countries." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/10/10-24_Globe.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-20477" alt="Florida students beat international averages on a math and science test, but still trail top-performing countries." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/10/10-24_Globe-300x300.jpg" width="300" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media- Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:29:34 +0000 John O'Connor 22627 at http://wlrn.org Florida Students Above Average On International Math And Science Tests, Still Trail Top Countries