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School Officials Reach Out to Hungry Students

Many of the thousands of students heading back to school across Central Florida are classified as ‘food insecure’. In Orange County, officials are reaching out to those students on the first day of school to make sure they have enough to eat. Last year, 65% of Orange County students qualified to receive free or reduced cost school meals. That’s more than 100,000 students. Orange County Public Schools senior director of food and nutrition services, Lora Gilbert, says even as the economy improves, the number of kids who are food insecure keeps going up. “We had about 57%  about 3 years ago, so it’s definitely trending up,” says Gilbert. “It’s very troubling. We do a lot of focus groups with students who …
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Regional Unemployment Continues Climb, Now 6.3 Percent

Metro Orlando’s unemployment rate continues to climb.  Today’s report from the state shows it was 6.3 percent in July, up from 5.9 the previous month. That means it’s now higher than the national and state rate of 6.2 percent. Central Florida’s unemployment rate has been rising since April when it was 5.4 percent, but it’s now a full point lower than a year ago.  Today’s report also shows the total numbers of jobs in Florida is down from last month but up from July 2013. See the full report at http://lmsresources.labormarketinfo.com/library/press/release.pdf  
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