What’s Behind Recent Hospitality Worker Shortage?

If you’ve been out-to-eat recently, then you have likely noticed the “help wanted” signs at your local restaurants. Worse yet, several Flagler County restaurants have closed on key dates due to the lack of staff. 1-out-of-every-5 jobs in our region is tied to the restaurant/hospitality industry; so the Chamber began talking to local restauranteurs andContinue reading “What’s Behind Recent Hospitality Worker Shortage?”

Flagler Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6%

Labor Force Continues Significant Growth, Amid Meager Job Creation Only 16 new jobs were created in Flagler County in June 2021, as the unemployment rate jumped to 6%, nearly a full percentage point increase. According to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Flagler County’s labor force continued its strong growth byContinue reading “Flagler Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6%”

Chamber Advocates in Favor of Marinas at County Planning Board Meeting

Flagler County does not have a definition for a “marina” in its Land Development Code. Many waterfront communities do, which signals to landowners what the expectations/regulations are for creating a Marina in Flagler County. The Chamber has been following this issue for several weeks, and last night, urged the Flagler County Planning and Development BoardContinue reading “Chamber Advocates in Favor of Marinas at County Planning Board Meeting”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.1%

More than 700 jobs created in Flagler County in May 2021 Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1% in May 2021, with 745 new jobs being filled, according to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Last month the Chamber launched our ‘Return to Work’ initiative, and that’s what people are doing,Continue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.1%”

GOOD NEWS: Flagler Health+ Announces Growth Plans for Palm Coast

Flagler Health+, a Board of Directors member of the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced today that it plans to break ground on the Flagler Health+ Village at Palm Coast this July. Located on approximately 7 acres at the southwest corner of Matanzas Woods Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway, the health village will incorporateContinue reading “GOOD NEWS: Flagler Health+ Announces Growth Plans for Palm Coast”

“Return to Work” Highlighted on WNZF NewsRadio

The Chamber’s “Return to Work” initiative, an effort designed to connect unemployed residents with open jobs, was highlighted on WNZF NewsRadio. Listen below. Learn more about the Chamber’s “Return to Work” initiative by clicking here.

Chamber Launches “Return to Work” Initiative

Big Changes in Unemployment Compensation to Take Effect Next Week The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched its Return to Work initiative, which will: Encourage unemployed Flagler County residents to search for and find work by connecting them to open job opportunities offered by local businesses and support organizations. Engage local business leadersContinue reading “Chamber Launches “Return to Work” Initiative”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Remains 5.3%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate remained steady in April 2021 at 5.3%, according to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “The employment, unemployment and labor force data all remained at similar levels compared to a month ago,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce President Greg Blosé. “This is hopefully the calmContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Remains 5.3%”

Chamber Featured on WNZF NewsRadio, Urges Biz Leaders to Attend Business Exchange on May 17

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce is participating in the Hammock Beach Hiring Fair on Monday, May 17 at the Hammock Beach Resort & Spa. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., unemployed residents are invited to attend to interview for dozens of open positions offered by local job creators. From 4 p.m. to 6Continue reading “Chamber Featured on WNZF NewsRadio, Urges Biz Leaders to Attend Business Exchange on May 17”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Jumps to 5.3%

Chamber of Commerce Urges Residents to “Get Back to Work” PALM COAST, FL (April 16, 2021) – Flagler County’s unemployment rate increased nearly a full percentage point in March 2021 from 4.5% to 5.3%, with 273 jobs being created over the past 30 days. “Jobs are being created in Flagler County, but we still haveContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Jumps to 5.3%”

When Will Florida Recover Jobs Lost to COVID?

In February 2021, the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber hosted Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber. Dr. Parrish shared much with the group during his breakfast speech that morning. Below is one slide that Dr. Parrish presented that outlines when the estimated recovery may be, by industry. To request the full presentation, emailContinue reading “When Will Florida Recover Jobs Lost to COVID?”

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Chamber Lauds Boston Whaler Announcement

The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Clayton Park recently published an article sharing the good news about Boston Whaler reopening a boat manufacturing facility and bringing with it 300-400 new jobs. Click the link below to read the article and the Chamber’s comments: https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/business/real-estate/2021/01/25/boston-whaler-add-300-400-jobs-reopening-plant-palm-coast/4249959001/

WNZF NewsRadio: Chamber of Commerce Featured on Unemployment Rate Reduction

WNZF NewsRadio recently highlighted the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce following the news of Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropping nearly half-a-percent to 5.5%. Skip to the 1:10 mark below to hear the audio:

WNZF NewsRadio: Chamber President Highlights the Importance of Boston Whaler Bringing Manufacturing Jobs to Flagler

On today’s WNZF NewsRadio’s Morning News, Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber President & CEO Greg Blose explained what local job data tells us about the importance of Boston Whaler opening their manufacturing facility in Palm Coast. Skip to 1:41 mark to hear the audio below:

Boston Whaler Announces Move to Palm Coast!

More good news for Palm Coast today as Boston Whaler announces it is moving it’s manufacturing operations to the old Sea Ray facility, which has been dormant since 2018. The news is even more exciting, considering that since Sea Ray closed its doors in Palm Coast, the region was never able to recuperate the lostContinue reading “Boston Whaler Announces Move to Palm Coast!”

PRESS RELEASE: Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly half of a percentage point in December 2020 from 5.9% to 5.5%, with 213 jobs being created over the past 30 days. “Last month, our unemployment rate went up because we lost 208 jobs. This month, Flagler County gained 213 jobs,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce PresidentContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Increases Despite Minimal Job Growth

PALM COAST, FL (December 18, 2020) – Flagler County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.9% in November 2020, despite minimal job growth in the region, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Flagler County did see minimal growth in the number of residents finding employment, but the workforce grew faster than the number of jobContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Increases Despite Minimal Job Growth”