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Florida’s unemployment trust fund has gained back more than a half-billion dollars since a new law began requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians, the Department of Revenue said.

Florida Lottery ticket sales were $314 million above projections in the first half of the current fiscal year, but state economists anticipate a “pandemic-related” surge in sales to ease.

Florida’s citrus industry continues to see production squeezed, as a new forecast dropped the projected orange crop for the current growing season by 3 percent, with specialty fruits down 11 percent.

In numbers that indicate the omicron variant of the coronavirus is not causing major job losses, Florida had an estimated 4,046 initial unemployment claims during the week that ended Jan. 1, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.