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Miami-Dade Added Nearly 19,000 Jobs in April as Unemployment Rate Dipped to 5 percent

Media Contact: Maria Camacho mcamacho@beaconcouncil.com (305) 579-1341 (Miami) Miami-Dade added 18,700 new payroll jobs in the past year and unemployment decreased to 5 percent in April, from 5.4 percent the previous month, according to statistics released Friday. “We’re encouraged as we continue to see year-over-year job growth across sectors,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, […]

More than 23,000 Miami-Dade Payroll Jobs added from March 2016 to 2017

Miami-Dade experienced a healthy 2 percent job growth or 23,400 payroll jobs from March 2016 to March 2017 across industries with Education and Health Services (8,600) and Professional and Business Services (5,000) leading, according to state figures released Friday.

Miami-Dade Leads the State in Annual Job Growth in Education and Health Services

March 14, 2017 Miami-Dade County had the highest annual job growth in education and health services (8,100 jobs) compared to other metro areas in Florida from January 2016 to January 2017, according to statistics released March 10. “Education and health services provide above-average paying wages,” said Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic […]

Gov. Scott Announces Cosentino to Relocate Americas Headquarters from Texas to Florida

March 15, 2017 Gov. Scott Announces Cosentino to Relocate Americas Headquarters from Texas to Florida   CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Cosentino, a global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, is relocating its Americas Headquarters from Sugarland, Texas to Coral Gables. The relocation will create 85 new jobs and […]

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council "Unlocks New Worlds of Business Opportunity"

March 7, 2017   During annual presentation of “Keys to the County” by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez,  Presented by TD Bank   (Miami, FL – March 7, 2017) – It’s a night to honor the growth of commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit of Miami-Dade County. The 2017 Key Ceremony is the event of the […]

Miami: A new haven for young professionals

BY LARRY K. WILLIAMS beaconcouncil.com Miami is winning the brain gain race. A recent study supported by the Knight Foundation listed Miami as one of the top areas in the nation attracting young professionals. Miami’s share of educated millennials increased by almost 25 percent in the last 10 years, including a jump of 118 percent […]

Beacon Council outlines plans for local job development

BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS nnehamas@miamiherald.com   Miami-Dade County must keep diversifying its economy in order to protect against another recession, local community leaders said at an annual Beacon Council meeting on Wednesday. The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency, announced plans to launch an online career portal for job-seekers and employers in seven key industries at […]

Op-ed: Skills Gap Highlights Challenges, Opportunities for Miami

Workforce initiatives focus on creating and filling middle-skills jobs. By Chauncy Lennon and Larry K. Williams When the global economy sputtered and seized in the recession of 2008-2010, Florida’s Miami-Dade County region was hit hard. Today, the economy has vastly improved with the unemployment rate close to pre-recession levels. It’s a good time to evaluate and address our […]

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Announces the Unexpected Passing of Michael A. Finney, President and CEO

It is with profound sadness that the Miami-Dade Beacon Council announces that Michael A. Finney, our President and CEO, passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2022.

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Decrease, with February 2022 rate at 2.8%

This February’s unemployment report shows that the unemployment rate decreased to 2.8% compared to 6.6% in February 2021.

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Lower than the National Level

Miami-Dade County continues experiencing economic growth as local companies are growing and companies from other parts of the United States, as well as from abroad move their operations to Miami-Dade County.

Make it Miami: Business Spotlight

Tommy Mitchell brings 27 years of leadership and supply chain management experience in the aviation, energy, and healthcare industries with General Electric (GE).

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Reaches Pre-Pandemic Levels

This December’s unemployment report shows that the unemployment rate decreased to 1.4% compared to 7.9% in December of 2020.

Miami-Dade County Finishes Year with Encouraging Unemployment Figures

In November 2021, all 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+91,500 jobs, +7.7 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+72,000 jobs, +5.3 percent), and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+70,100 jobs, +6.2 percent).

South Florida has what Amazon values — we embrace change, innovation, reinvention

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos begins a recent letter to the shareholders with this question. His answer is simple: “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”

Meet the gatekeepers to South Florida’s Amazon HQ2 bid

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters may be shrouded in secrecy. But in South Florida, three power brokers have a direct line to the e-commerce giant as they make their pitch to host HQ2.

Cover Story: How Miami compares to other possible Amazon HQ2 cities

John Schoettler, Amazon’s head of real estate, gave a few hints about what the company wants from its new headquarters city.
“We look forward to cities that are … progressive and are thinking forward and long term, in terms of affordable housing and mass transportation and being able to move people around,” he said.

4 Tips to Optimize Your Launch in a New Market

It’s been my personal experience that entering a new market is a great ordeal. It’s time-consuming, financially daunting and worst of all, it comes with unforeseeable complications. From misjudging cultural biases to incorrectly pricing a product or service by not efficiently studying the new region, keeping these steps in mind should ease the entire process — especially for first-time entrepreneurs.

May 2022 Employment Report

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Continues Trending Down

InBattle, Chile-Based Software Developer and Operator of Virtual Reality Will Open Its First VR Arena in Miami

InBattle, a Chile-based software developer and operator of virtual reality and free roaming gaming experience announced the official opening date of its state-of-the-art VR arena on July 7, 2022, in the heart of the arts district in Wynwood.

The Beacon Council Appoints Interim President and CEO, Announces Search Committee for New Leader

Unexpected passing of President and CEO Michael A. Finney prompts search

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Announces the Unexpected Passing of Michael A. Finney, President and CEO

It is with profound sadness that the Miami-Dade Beacon Council announces that Michael A. Finney, our President and CEO, passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2022.

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Decrease, with February 2022 rate at 2.8%

This February’s unemployment report shows that the unemployment rate decreased to 2.8% compared to 6.6% in February 2021.

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Lower than the National Level

Miami-Dade County continues experiencing economic growth as local companies are growing and companies from other parts of the United States, as well as from abroad move their operations to Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Reaches Pre-Pandemic Levels

This December’s unemployment report shows that the unemployment rate decreased to 1.4% compared to 7.9% in December of 2020.

Miami-Dade County Finishes Year with Encouraging Unemployment Figures

In November 2021, all 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+91,500 jobs, +7.7 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+72,000 jobs, +5.3 percent), and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+70,100 jobs, +6.2 percent).

Miami-Dade County’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8%, Lowest Since October 2020

Miami-Dade County continues experiencing economic growth as local companies are growing and companies from other parts of the United States, as well as from abroad move their operations to Miami-Dade County. This October’s unemployment report shows that the unemployment rate decreased to 3.8% compared to 8.5% in October of 2020. The unemployment rate decreased by 1.9%, from 5.7% in September 2021 to 3.8% in October 2021.

The Beacon Council Celebrates Best Job Performance In 36 Years Generating Close To $1 Billion Annually For Miami-Dade County

Highest number of job commitments and average salary among successful announcements at 2021 Annual Meeting.

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