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Sarasota News Leader January 4, 2013 Page 43 tinued to climb, according to the report. In November 2012, the county issued 48 permits with a total value of $9,243,000, compared to 25 permits in November 2011 with a total value of $5,622,000. down 0.2 percent from the figure of 162,404 reported in November 2011. Sarasota County also had positive news in terms of its tax collections for the end of the 2012 fiscal year. It brought in a total of $127,803,058 for all its ad valorem tax revenue, although it had budgeted $125,515,648. October 2011. Regarding the county���s labor force: November���s data showed a 19.5 percent drop in the number of unemployed people seeking jobs, compared to the figure for November 2011. The November labor force numbered 162,108, In October, the airport saw a 10.6 percent drop in the number of passengers arriving compared to the October 2011 figure. The number of people boarding planes was down 13 percent year-over-year for October. % Unemployment claims were down 11.9 percent in November 2012 compared to the same month the previous year, 739 for November In October 2012, the county issued 50 permits 2012 versus 839 for the same month in 2011. with a total value of $7,873,000, compared to In October, the labor force numbered 163,067, 30 in October 2011 with a value of $4,819,000. up 0.6 percent from the figure of 162,138 in Unemployment claims were down 18 percent year-over-year for October. Among other data that was down year-overyear, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Its tourist development tax revenue collec- Airport saw 14.4 percent fewer passengers tions totaled $7,014,813 for FY 2012, compared arrive in November 2012 compared to Novemto the $4,145,880 budgeted ��� an increase of ber 2011 ��� 47,174 versus 55,087. almost 41 percent. AirTran, which was purchased by Southwest Only the county���s gas tax revenue total came Airlines, ceased operations at SRQ in August. in lower than budgeted for FY 2012. The coun- The number of passengers boarding planes at ty had planned on collecting $16,302,414, but the airport also was down in November 2012 it brought in a total of $15,623,475, or about 4 compared to November a year ago ��� 46,961 percent less than budgeted. compared to 56,611, a drop of 17 percent. A chart shows Sarasota County revenue sources and collections for the past two fiscal years. Chart courtesy Sarasota County

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