Business for bridal gown stores, flower shops won’t slow down for months

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TAMPA, Fla. – Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years.

The state jobless rate was 8.1% in November, which is 2% lower than it was last November.

The rate may decrease even further in the coming months because of seasonal job hiring, thanks to brides like Laura Simpson.

Friday morning, Simpson tried on 5 dresses at Brides By Demetrios in Tampa.

 ”It’s one of the first things you start thinking about when you think about, ‘What does it mean to be a bride? What does it mean to get married?’” Simpson said.

Though she stood alone in the store, the extra room won’t last much longer.

“Today we’ll have one bride, and come Wednesday, we’ll probably have 25 brides in here,” explained manager Elizabeth Lopez.

The store triples business after Christmas. Some estimate one-quarter of all engagements happen in December. Another wave comes around New Year’s and Valentine’s Day.

Requests for flowers won’t slow down again until after Mother’s Day.

“The phones are crazy busy, ringing off the hook,” said Jennie’s Flowers manager Rebecca Cropper.

Jennie’s had 160 deliveries Friday alone. They need des……………. continues on ABC Action News

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