Written by Miami Today on May 27, 2010
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CONSTRUCTION CREEPING BACK: The number of Miami-Dade construction jobs has slipped a hair to 33,600 in April from 33,700 in March, but it’s still up 400 jobs from the nadir reached in January at 33,200 — lowest since the US Bureau of Labor Statistics broke out the category for the county back in 2003. Statewide, construction employment has been climbing from the January low of 354,800 to 363,800 in April — but still far below the record 686,700 in June 2006.
EDUCATION, HEALTH JOBS BOOM: The best news in employment in Miami-Dade remains in the booming category of education and health industry jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the number rose 3.3% from April 2009 to April 2010, now highest on record at 161,200 jobs. The total was 160,500 in March.
OIL IN MIA?: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a website monitoring the gulf oil spill to address concerns of visitors and the area hospitality industry. Details: www.miamiandbeaches.com/oilspill.
BEACH DAY: If a glance out the window doesn’t cut it, the convention bureau has launched a high-definition web camera showing the area between First and Third streets on Miami Beach. The "beach cam" is interactive, allowing online viewers to manipulate the camera for different angles and shots. Details: www.miamiandbeaches.com/visitors/beachcam.asp.
HMS STAYS: HMSHost has renewed its food and beverage concessions agreement with Miami International Airport for eight years. New dining options to open at the North Terminal in late summer include Bacardi Mojito Bar, Beaudevin wine bar and The Counter burger joint.
CHANGING GUARD: The Florida International Bankers Association was to elect officers for 2010-2011 Tuesday evening at the Hotel Intercontinental downtown. Dario Fuentes, senior vice president and general manager of Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo’s Miami office, is to serve as its president during the next year. The association was also to present Manny Mencia, senior vice president of international trade and business development for Enterprise Florida, with a Trade Champion award for his work promoting international business.
TOP OF HOTELS: Miami was the No. 1 US market in hotel occupancy January-April 2010 at 76.7% occupancy. That’s an 8.5% increase over 2009. New York was second with 75% occupancy.