The unemployment rate inched up to 9.9 percent in April, though 290,000 jobs were created, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The unemployment rate had stood at 9.7 percent for the first three months of the year. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality. Federal…more
Regulations and Compliance
Many federal and state government regulations affect the marine industry. Trade Only follows developments as companies strive to operate in compliance with the rules.
Finance reform bills approved for debate by the Senate and poised to go before the House could mean bad news for boat dealers if passed in their original form, according to marine lending experts. As the bills were written, banks providing loans across state lines would have to follow laws in each state instead of…more
Legislation to cap Florida’s sales tax on yachts at $18,000 is working its way through the legislature. The legislation is touted as a means to boost the boatbuilding business and cut into the state’s 12.2 percent unemployment rate. Having passed the House and up for possible debate in the Senate, the legislation prompted a meeting…more
House leaders plan to unveil the final health care bill later today – an overhaul the Congressional Budget Office says will cost $940 billion over a decade, according to media reports. Democrats said they are on track for a Sunday vote on the bill, The Wall Street Journal reports. People close to the situation said…more
Two U.S. senators have sent a letter to the Small Business Administration encouraging the agency to extend the dealer floorplan pilot program from one year to three years, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The letter, sent by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, also asks the SBA to increase its outreach…more
The Obama Administration has proposed using expanding zoning to coastal and even some inland waters, which has raised concerns among fishermen that their favorite fishing holes could soon be off limits. Many weekend anglers fear that the Obama administration’s promise to “fundamentally change” water management in the U.S. will erode what they call the public’s…more
The unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment fell in construction and information, while temporary help services added jobs. In February, the number of unemployed persons stood at 14.9 million, which was essentially unchanged from January. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27…more
The Small Business Administration is traveling the country meeting with frustrated business owners and South Florida’s boating industry vented its concerns in the latest stop in Miami. Esther Vassar, national ombudsman and assistant administrator for regulatory enforcement fairness, heard from many small-business owners in the Sunshine State who are concerned about tight credit markets, red…more
The unemployment rate fell from 10 percent in December to 9.7 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Employment dipped in construction, transportation and warehousing, while temporary help services and retail trade added jobs. In January, the number of unemployed decreased to 14.8 million. Click here for the full report.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association called on President Barack Obama to clarify his remarks made Tuesday in Nashua, N.H., that associated purchasing a boat with irresponsible spending. The President made this off-the-cuff remark at a town hall event announcing his new Small Business Lending Initiative. The President has already apologized to Las Vegas for similar…more