TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – First-time unemployment claims in Florida doubled during the first week of 2022 from the holiday-shortened final week of 2021.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 9,705 initial unemployment claims were filed during the week that ended Jan. 8, up from a revised count of 4,299 for the week ending Jan. 1.
The agency initially projected 4,046 claims were filed during the final week of 2021. The 9,705 claims last week were the highest total since 10,110 claims were filed during the week that ended July 24 as the state was facing impacts from COVID-19’s delta variant.
Nationally, an estimated 230,000 claims were filed last week, up 23,000 from the prior week. Last week, the Labor Department reported the U.S. added 199,000 jobs in December, below expectations of economists.
But with wages rising 0.6 percent — an indication that employers are still struggling to find and retain workers — the national unemployment rate dropped from 4.2 percent to 3.9 percent.
Florida in November had a 4.5 percent unemployment rate, with an estimated 483,000 Floridians out of work from a labor force of 10.63 million.
The state Department of Economic Opportunity will release a report showing December numbers on Jan. 21.
Florida’s unemployment claims in recent months have been far below totals in 2020, after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused massive job losses.
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Miami-Dade School Board Narrows Down Search For New Superintendent
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami-Dade School Board met Tuesday for hours to discuss efforts to replace outgoing superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
The list of candidates is down to three ahead of a future meeting that will involve public input.
“We have identified 3 individuals by names,” said Lubby Navarro, District 7 School Board member.
The board’s vice-chair Dr. Steve Gallon made his recommendation for the next leader.
“I would like to make a motion to make Dr. Jose Dotres as the new superintendent of schools,” says Dr. Gallon. “I stand in my charge; I am prepared with the three to have a conversation of who checks off all the boxes.”
The other two individuals include Jacob Oliva and Dr. Rafaela Espinal.
Some board members expressed interest in wanting a process where candidates would attend a public meeting soon.
“The majority wants a public process and I want a public meeting so my community can hear,” said Navarro.
Grammy Awards Rescheduled For April 3 in Las Vegas On CBS
MIAMI (CBSLA) — The 64th annual Grammy Awards will now be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, the Recording Academy has announced.
The ceremony was originally scheduled for Jan. 31 at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles but was postponed due to growing concerns surrounding the Omicron variant.
Trevor Noah will return as master of ceremonies.
With the Grammy ceremony shifting airdates, the CMT Music Awards will move from its originally scheduled date of Sunday, April 3 to a later date in April.
Information about the date and location of the awards show will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Once we realized the need to move the GRAMMY Awards to a later date due to current health concerns, we came together quickly with our partners at the Recording Academy and CMT, to strategically reschedule these two incredible music events and utilize the full power of the ViacomCBS ecosystem to promote them,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events & Alternative Programming, CBS. “Coming out of an exciting month of college basketball on CBS, we’re thrilled to continue our programming momentum with these two big live events for television in the spring.”
“We are excited to take the GRAMMYs to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “From the moment we announced the postponement of the original show date, we have been inundated with heartfelt messages of support and solidarity from the artist community. We are humbled by their generosity and grateful for their unwavering commitment to the GRAMMY Awards and the Academy’s mission. We appreciate the leadership CBS has shown during these challenging weeks and the flexibility of the CMTs and others who worked toward this solution.”
The 2022 Grammy Awards will now broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena from 8:00-11:30 p.m. on CBS Television Network and available live and on demand on Paramount+.
Broward County State Attorney’s Office To Investigate Alleged Corruption By Miami Officials
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has recused herself and her office in the ongoing investigation into corruption claims made by former Mami Police Chief Art Acevedo.
The Broward County State Attorney’s Office will take over over the investigation after Governor Ron DeSantis ordered Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor to take it over.
According to a letter sent to the governor, Fernandez Rundle discovered a conflict of interest, saying that, “a substantial witness to potential wrongdoing is the brother of a senior attorney” in her office.
The investigation was opened when weeks before being fired, Acevedo wrote a memo accusing City of Miami commissioners Joe Carollo, Alex de la Portilla and Manolo Reyes of corruption.
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