Hurricane Recovery Assistance in Hendry County, Florida

At first glance, Hendry County's statistics show an area with significant challenges. Every mention of the County in the news is immediately followed with the unemployment rate - 6.5% in December 2017, the highest in the state of Florida by a full percentage point. The population is just above 38,000, with 26.3% below the poverty level and 37.5% without a high school diploma. Although the local economy is dependent on crop and animal production, especially citrus and sugar cane, the County has no fresh food markets. To make matters worse, Hurricane Irma last year hit the County hard.

Our Most Popular Blogs of 2017

This year on our blog we dug into applications of real-time intelligence data, explained changes to classification systems and forecasts, peeked behind how JobsEQ handles certain calculations and data, and a lot more. As we look forward to all the new content to come in 2018, here are our most popular blog posts from this year. In honor of counting down the new year, the top ten posts are sorted from least to most read.

Predicting Holiday Spending

While consumers may look forward to lower prices on Thanksgiving turkeys this year, signs are also good for retailers more concerned with the day after Thanksgiving.

Carve Your Pumpkin With Labor Market Data

What can a jack-o’-lantern tell you about your state’s labor market? Chernoff faces are designed to display multiple variables as facial expressions, but in honor of Halloween we’ve created Chernoff jack-o’-lanterns.