Tallahassee, FL -October 27,2012.
In Tuesday's meeting of the Governor and the Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized the progress made recently to lower the unemployment levels among Florida National Guardsmen from 15
percent in September 2011, to 6.8 percent in September 2012 - a more than 8 percentage point decrease.
Governor Scott said, "This is great news for the men and women who serve our state with honor and distinction. One year ago, many more Guardsmen were facing unemployment. We've managed to reduce the unemployment rate for Guardsmen by over 8 percentage points."
The news comes on the heels of last week's announcement that Florida's unemployment has decreased over 22 consecutive months, and that 156,800 private sector jobs have been created since December 2010.
"Our success is a testament to the collaboration and cooperation of many people working together to get our Guardsmen back into the workforce," said Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., The Adjutant General of Florida.
"I'm grateful for the support we've had from our state and federal partners and especially from the military-friendly employers across the state who continue to recognize that our veterans and service members make great employees."
At the Cabinet meeting, Governor Scott applauded the success of the Florida Guard Family Career Connection, a collaborative effort of the State of Florida and federal partners to provide transition services and job opportunities for Soldiers and Airmen. Today, nearly 12,000 Guardsmen reside in Florida, including 2,000 full-time (active guard and federal technician) and 10,000 traditional Guardsmen.