Economists Forecasting 1M New Fla. Jobs in 7 years

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

State economists are forecasting Florida will gain about a million new jobs over the next seven years even if nothing more is done to stimulate employment growth.

That's 300,000 more jobs than Governor-elect Rick Scott promised
in an election campaign that featured the slogan "Let's get to
work."

The economists from the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Crist's
office met Monday to update their economic forecast for the state.
It will serve as the basis for a general revenue estimate due next
month for use in Scott's first budget request to lawmakers early
next year.

While the long-term outlook calls for solid job growth,
Florida's unemployment rate is expected to remain high -- about 11.8
percent -- for the next six months.


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  • by Broke. on Nov 23, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Listen, I didn't hear about local cop lay offs however nationally a lot of communities are privatizing because we are all going broke. I think there might be a better way to save coast and your jobs. A lot of money goes into law enforcement fighting this war on drugs. Not criticizing, but it doesn't seem to be working well. I think there is a cheaper and more effective way to do it. I think you should allow the drugs dealers customer to grow their own pot. That way they stop paying the drug dealers for it. The drug dealers’ money will start to dry up. Nothing will put them out of business faster then that. I think that is what we should do and I think it will save money and jobs.
  • by Dontor Location: Lee on Nov 22, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    It's going to get wild, all those new people in FL and Rick Scott laying off all the cops!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    Rick Scott should get the Noble Prize for economics. Hey, stranger things have happened.
  • by It is Crist on Nov 22, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    It is Crist not Christ!!!! Sheeesh!!!
  • by Jay Location: Over round home on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    More low wage jobs? It really does not matter how many jobs are projected if the wages remain as low as now. There is no way to support a family w/o food stamps and medicaid on low wages. More of the same is not an improvement.
  • by Those Anti-Capitalist, you have to watch them on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    Those were Charlie Christ's economists. You need to publish their names.
  • by This is that Obam suck up's doing. on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    Rick Scott does not take office until January.
  • by Mmmm. on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    Sounds like Christ is trying to get justification for Obama to cut Federal unemployment. Those anti-capitalist are wicked. They are deliberately trying to destroy are economy. Don't trust them.
  • by unmployed Location: fla on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    1M in 7 years? is that it? that many mexicans enter floridaayear.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    I don`t want to believe economists who work for and may be paid by the Legislature. We should be informed by an independant group including actuaries who will also let us know statistically how many citizens will be deceased in this seven year period. Some of this 'projected' employment increase is also a result of what is known as the pendelum swing. It is also misleading to let people believe that Gov.elect Scott will be responsible and given credit for what happens 3 years after his term is over. If that is true - then we should be giving Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist credit for all of the financial problems the state has had for the past 3 years. Yes, Sherry - there are lots of people in this state that believe what they are told.
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