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Fishkind Conversations: Jobs And The Changing Face Of A Post-COVID World

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

Florida added nearly 20,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.7 percent.

That’s good news, says economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, but the state has only regained a little more than half of the jobs lost when the pandemic struck.

Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston that hiring will pick up as new stimulus funds flow and tourism accelerates.

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 WMFE 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. When local issues have received international attention, Nicole has reported worldwide for TV news outlets such as CNN, HLN, ABC, Fox News Channel, and BBC News 24.

When she’s off duty, Nicole can often be found performing with one of Central Florida’s many theatre companies, or taking in local arts, culture and music.