Jobs are growing in Jacksonville even in the pandemic

It’s unexpected but job growth continues in our region this year even during the pandemic. It’s incredible to watch the interest from companies in a variety of job sectors investing in Jacksonville.



Daniel Davis wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Daniel Davis, president and CEO of the JAX Chamber.


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Daniel Davis, president and CEO of the JAX Chamber.

We’ve already added more than 2,400 jobs and more than $850 million in capital investment in 2020. More than 67 percent of those expansions have been added since the economic shutdown caused by COVID.

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These jobs run the gamut — from high-end health care jobs to the latest Amazon expansion. These jobs help place food on the table for all of our community.

There’s opportunity for everyone in Jacksonville.

We focus our efforts on projects we know we can compete for and win. The region’s five target industries are advanced manufacturing, financial services, health and biomedical, advanced transportation and logistics and IT

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During COVID-19, The State Promised Not To Cut Funding For Shrinking Schools. But What About Growing Schools?: LAist

An example of what an L.A. Unified School District classroom could look like if campuses reopen. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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In normal times, the basic rule of California public school funding is simple: when a student attends a school, that school gets paid to educate them.

Back in June, state lawmakers suspended that rule, voting to freeze schools’ funding at last year’s levels for the rest of this year. They figured the last thing schools with declining enrollments needed during the COVID-19 crisis was less money.

But what about schools with enrollments that are rising? The state budget’s “hold-harmless” provisions could deny more than $500 million in funding to these growing schools and districts, according to an estimate from a group of

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4 Education Stocks to Gain on Growing Demand for Online Classes

Schools have finally started reopening in the United States. Although most Americans expect all schools to reopen in the fall, there are chances that teachers and students may not be there, as many schools districts that have opened are also reporting a rise in spread of the virus.

The U.S. education system has been one of the biggest casualties of the pandemic and online education has been the only way to complete the semester this year.

Students, Parents, Prefer Remote Learning

Although both parents and students believe that public education is among Americans’ top priorities, most students feel they should continue their education through some form of distance learning, according o a poll conducted by Morning Consult, a private company that does national political polling.

Around 52% of the adults polled opposed reopening of K-12 schools for in-person instruction in fall 2020 amid the pandemic, and close to 80% said

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Americans are again growing concerned about losing their jobs: NY Fed

Americans are again fearful of losing their jobs, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released Monday.

For the month of August, the average respondent in the New York Fed’s survey of consumer expectations said there was an 18.0% chance of losing their job in the next 12 months. That figure is a noticeable increase from the 16.0% chance reported in July and marks the second consecutive month of job loss concerns rising.

The New York Fed said worries over becoming unemployed were more pronounced among those without a college degree (21.3% perceived chance) and those with a household income below $50,000 a year (24.9% perceived chance).

People line up outside a Kentucky Career Center hoping to find assistance with their unemployment claim in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

The trend marks a reversal of labor market optimism over the course

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Growing concerns that special education students are falling behind as classes go remote

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With more schools set to open next Monday, some districts are scrambling to hire school nurses. Less than 40% of schools employed a full-time nurse before the coronavirus pandemic. There are also growing concerns for the seven million children who receive special education services.

Remote learning has been a tremendous challenge for 6-year-old Calvin Latham.

“This spring a lot of kids with disabilities didn’t soar in that environment,” said Toby Latham, Calvin’s father.

The rising first-grader from Virginia has a brain malformation, making him one of seven million children in the U.S. receiving special education services.

“He needs hand-over-hand support for writing exercises and the cutting and gluing and the basic things a first-grader would do,” said Latham.

Many special education students are legally guaranteed services, like an aide, through individualized education plans, or IEPs. But in a May survey, nearly

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