Census data shows best place to find jobs

December 7, 2012 

ORLANDO -- The best place for younger workers to find jobs in Florida is in the Tallahassee-area ZIP code of 32312, where the unemployment rate for residents between ages 25 and 44 was 1.1 percent, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.

The worst among ZIP codes with at least 20,000 residents was in the Jacksonville ZIP code of 32209, according to the data.

The best place for black workers was the Hialeah ZIP code of 33018, where the unemployment rate for African-American residents last year was just 0.4 percent.

Black residents, though, make up only 2.8 percent of the population; by comparison, 15.8 percent of residents statewide are black.

The place with the highest unemployment rate for black residents was the 34667 ZIP code in Hudson, north of Tampa, although African-Americans make up less than 1 percent of residents there.

The best place for workers with a college education was the 32205 ZIP code in Jacksonville, where more than a third of residents are in professional or management jobs, according to the Census' American Community Survey five-year estimates.The worst was the 34112 ZIP code in Naples, which has a higher share of retirees than the rest of the state.

On a Shoestring named top U.S. running store

BRADENTON -- On A Shoestring, 3633 Cortez Road W., was recently recognized as one of The 50 Best Running Stores in the U.S. by two trade and consumer publications Running Insight and Competitor Magazine. On A Shoestring, Inc is one of only four stores in Florida and the only one on the west coast of Florida.

An awards ceremony was held Wednesday in Austin, Texas as part of The Running Event, an annual conference and trade expo for specialty running retailers. The retailer was rated on its service, product knowledge, merchandising and community service. On A Shoestring, Inc will be featured in a special issue of Competitor magazine distributed nationally.

Neal November home sales reach 56

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Neal Communities sold 56 new residences in November.

That brings the year-to-date sales total to 559 -- 156 more sales than in all of 2011. Figures from this November are a 21 percent increase from last November.

Central Park continued to lead sales with 18 homes sold in November.

"We're seeing a lot of pent-up demand from Baby Boomers who have delayed home purchases over the last few years," said Pat Neal, president and CEO of Neal Communities.

Webber Street retail building purchased

SARASOTA -- Rider Trio

has recently purchased a 6,360-square-foot retail building at 3589 Webber St. in Sarasota from Stearns Bank for $250,000.

Steve Rider with Florida Internet Realty represented the buyer while Brad Lindberg and Tony Veldkamp, CCIM both with Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group represented the seller.

Sarasota apartment complex sells for $4 million

SARASOTA -- 3890 Greenway, LLC has purchased the 130-unit Fairway Crossings Apartment complex in Sarasota from Fairway Crossing Apartments, LLC. The closing price was $4 million.

Shelly Crofut with Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group and Howard Sadwin with Premier Commercial Real Estate co-listed the property to sell and represented the seller. Michele Fuller with Ian Black Real Estate represented the buyer.

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