Gainesville-area jobless rate dropped to 4.4 percent in April

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported a drop in unemployment in Gainesville. In the month of April, Gainesville’s unemployment rate dropped 0.7 points with 1,500 more people employed.  Florida created 34,000 new jobs with a 0.1 decrease in the unemployment rate.  The U.S. unemployment fell to 6.3 percent in April compared to the April 2013 unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.  Gainesville is now the second lowest unemployment rate in Florida in the month of April.

A different employer reports a growth of 1,900 jobs in Gainesville in 2014. This growth contains 1,100 jobs in education and health services, 600 in leisure and hospitality and 300 in retail trade. The employer survey also reported losses in the mining, logging and construction, information, and local government segments of the job market. Job gains were caused by increases in employment service, food services, drinking places, food and beverage stores, specialty contractors, ambulatory health care services, and many others. 


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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