Florida Added 25,200 Jobs In December, Adp Reports

Wal-Mart joins program to lift Florida tomato farmworker pay

Goods-producing jobs grew by 3,750. That's particularly relevant in Central Florida, where the economy is dominated by service jobs tied to the region's booming tourism industry. The area now has more than 221,000 leisure and hospitality jobs, which account for 20 percent of the total workforce. Statewide, ADP said, the professional and business services sector posted the biggest gains in December, adding a little more than 8,000 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities added about 5,200. visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/os-adp-florida-job-estimates-20140116,0,2446797.story

"Through this collaboration, not only will thousands of hard-working farmworkers see concrete improvements to their lives, but millions of consumers will learn about the Fair Food Program and of a better way to buy fruits and vegetables grown and harvested here in the U.S.," he said. Other major companies participating in the program include Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, McDonald's Corp, Subway, the Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market supermarket chains and Yum Brands, the owner of restaurant chains KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. "Our participation in the Food Fair Program combined with long term supply agreements with our suppliers will ensure that our customers get great products at great prices from suppliers that are working to improve the lives of their workers," said Tom Leech, a Wal-Mart senior vice president. Florida is the second-largest tomato-growing state in the country after California, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, producing more than $600 million worth. Some 33,000 tomato pickers work in Florida, earning salaries estimated between $10,000 and $13,000 a year, according to worker groups. The coalition was formed in the early 1990s in Immokalee, a city in southwestern Florida at the heart of the state's tomato industry. visit http://news.yahoo.com/wal-mart-joins-program-lift-florida-tomato-farmworker-025312623--finance.html