Florida unemployment claims spike

Florida had 67,558 intial claims for unemployment last week, up tenfold from the 6,463 in the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported.

Nationally, there were 2.89 million claims, up more than tenfold from more than 251,416 the previous week.

States that report big increases amid the pandemic tend to have a lot of employment in accommodations and food service, the Labor Department said, which coincides with key employment categories in Florida. Health care, social assistance, the arts, entertainment, recreation, transportation, warehousing and manufacturing were other hard hit sectors.

The biggest layoff in South Florida, according to the state WARN notice website, is 684 jobs at Global Miami Joint Venture, which operates concessions at Miami International Airport.

One site of heartbreaking layoffs is at Punch Bowl Social, a bowling and entertainment venue in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood that just opened February 29, in Wynwood. It closed on March 16.

Here are the largest South Florida mass layoff notices recently listed in descending order: 

  • Global Miami Joint Venture, Miami, 684
  • Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, 257
  • Punch Bowl Miami Wynwood, 194
  • La Carretta restaurants, multiple locations and filings, 174
  • OSM Aviation, Fort Lauderdale, 160
  • Toll Brothers, Parkland, 153
  • Claims Management LLC, Windhaven Select LLC and Windhaven Underwriters, Miami, 125
  • Interactive Response Technologies, Miramar, 123
  • Waterstone Resort & Marina, Boca Raton, 111
  • Avante Assisted Living Facilities, Lauderhill, 104
  • Cafe Boulud, Palm Beach, 99 workers
  • BLT Prime, Doral, 98
  • Cova Inc., Miami, 89
  • Gold Coast Linen Service, West Palm Beach, 87
  • Casa Juancho RE Holdings, Miami, 80
  • Airport Concessions Group, Miami, 74
  • V&M Enterprises, Miami, 55
  • Avante Assisted Living Facility, Hollywood, 53
  • HCFS Health Care  Services, Sunrise, 17







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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.