5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, March 18
8:45 AM, Mar 18, 2013
9:31 AM, Mar 18, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, March 18.
(1) Florida unemployment numbers
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) will release the unemployment numbers for the State on Monday.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the FDEO release January employment and unemployment estimates as well as revised historical data every March. The revisions are done in order to produce more accurate historical data.
Due to the processing time needed to prepare the annual updates, the January employment numbers and the annual revisions are not released until March. Today's release will occur at 10:00 a.m.
The unemployment rate for Florida in December was 7.9%, the lowest number in over three years.
Florida's February 2013 unemployment numbers are set to be released on March 29. After that the state's employment data for the previous month will be released on the third Friday of each month.
The University of South Florida women's basketball team is inviting the public to attend their NCAA tournament watch party at the USF Sun Dome on Monday night.
USF is in position for first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 and just second in school history.
The Bulls, who ended the regular season with 21 wins, beat two top-25 teams this season and won five of their last six road games. ESPN's Charlie Creme is projected USF to be a 10th seed.
Join the team in the club level of the USF Sun Dome and watch the NCAA unveil its tournament field live on ESPN.
The watch party will take place in the club level of the USF Sun Dome. Fans can park for free in Lot 6, and enter through Gate C beginning at 6:30 p.m.
(5) Flyers vs. Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to make it two wins in a row when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday night.
Tampa Bay ended a five-game losing streak, their first in four years, by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday. Two Lightning players, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, scored their first NHL goals in the game.
Since opening the season with five straight home wins, the Bolts have struggled, going 2-7-0 at the Forum.
The Flyers have not been much better of late on the road, losing their last three games away from Philadelphia by a combined 12 to 4 score.
The opening face off for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit