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Lee County Unemployment 5.3 Percent in January

A strong showing by the construction industry sustained January employment in Southwest Florida although the jobless rate increased as Christmas retail jobs evaporated.

Lee County’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in January, up from 5 percent in December, and Collier’s was 5.2 percent, up from 4.7 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Florida

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Eastern Architectural Systems Expanding

Dennis Chappell, Chairman of the FMA Membership Committee along with your Executive Director, visited Eastern Architectural Systems in Ft. Myers, FL recently and met with Jim Flesher, Plant Manager. The effervescent Kristin Anderson, FMA Board member, was kind enough to escort us to the construction site of their new 172,000 square foot building pad.

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Trades Are Back

When Eastern Metal Supply expanded a few years ago into 60,000 square feet of existing industrial space in Fort Myers, owner Greg Weekes thought the football-sized building would easily accommodate his company’s growth here.

But the recovery turned out to be a lot stronger than many people estimated. “A lot of the building is coming back,” Weekes says. “The economy has picked up.”

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