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Fishkind Conversations: On An Uneven Employment Recovery

Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Florida’s April job gains jumped by nearly 17,000, but the unemployment rate also rose. To make things even more confusing, some restaurants and retailers say they’re finding it hard to hire the staff they need to fully reopen.

Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind untangles the numerical mystery with WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston. He starts with a check-in on how many jobs we’ve recovered since the pandemic began.

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Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined Central Florida Public Media in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.