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Florida Job Numbers

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

TALLAHASSEE 9/21/2012 -- There are 77 thousand more jobs in Florida this August than a year ago. 23 thousand more than this past July. State economists are calling it good news.

"That's a significant gain for us over the month. It's one of the largest we've seen in some time," said State Labor Economist Rebecca Rust .

More than one out of every two new jobs is in something called professional and business services. Another name: employee leasing.

Job growth has been positive for 25 straight months. 20 of them are under Governor Rick Scott.

But the numbers are tricky. There are 250 thousand fewer people collecting unemployment. If only 130 thousand new jobs were added, where did everyone go? It was a question Rick Scott couldn't or wouldn't answer.

"I'm saying we've generated 130 thousand jobs, Mike. Mike, I have answered all your questions on that. Mike, I said I've answered all your questions," said Governor Scott.

But the answer is that many are discouraged and have dropped out of the labor force. When economists count those people.

While Scott didn't want to answer the question, voters may force an
answer. He promised to create seven hundred thousand jobs in seven years. He says he'll make it if voters just give him a chance.

Private education heath services are the categories showing the second largest job gains with 18,500 new jobs added this year.


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