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Fishkind Conversations: On Jobs Coming Back To Tourism, And What It Really Means For Central FL

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

Job growth is picking up nationally in Central Florida’s biggest industry – leisure and hospitality – and economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind says that bodes well for our area’s recovery.

Governor Ron DeSantis has decided that because of Florida’s many job openings, he’s ending the $300 dollars per week in federal pandemic unemployment payments two months early in an effort to force Floridians back to work.

But Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston it’s not as simple as that.

Click Play Audio to hear their conversation.

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.