[UPDATE] Gov. Scott: Florida's Unemployment Rate Dropping

By: The News Service of Florida; AP
By: The News Service of Florida; AP

UPDATED: 3:40pm

Florida's unemployment rate is at a 16 month low. The latest unemployment figures released this morning put the state's jobless population at 11.1 percent and show an increase of 22-thousand jobs in one month's time.

The unemployment rate is down from 12 percent at the beginning of the year. But there are still more than a million people looking for work. Governor Rick Scott was quick to take credit for the drop holding a news conference this morning in lieu of announcing the statistics via email which is the way the statistics are normally released.

Gov. Scott says, "While that number is still too high, that is the lowest unemployment rate we have seen in more than a year. It represents nearly a one percent decrease since I've become governor. By comparison the national unemployment rate dropped only a 10th of a percent."

Gov. Scott spent about 45 seconds making the announcement… then left without answering questions from the capitol press corps.

We are making request to find out how instrumental Scott has been in bringing the unemployment rate down and how many jobs he thinks he has created.

Tallahassee, Florida - April 15, 2011 -

Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 11.1 percent in March, down from 11.5 percent in February and the lowest its been since November 2009, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.

The state's unemployment rate hovered around 12 percent
throughout 2010. It began showing signs of improvement during the
first two months of this year, dropping to 11.5 percent in

The state added 22,700 jobs in February, but nearly 1.1 million
Floridians still were out of work.

As he campaigned for governor last year, Scott promised to
create 700,000 jobs in seven years.

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  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    The lack of COLA (inflation indexed) pay increases comes to a 30% pay cut over the past 5 years. That's like a loss of 1/3rd of Tallahassee's 33,000 state workers, the economic equivalent of 10,000 jobs, OR, a 8.3% jobs loss over the past 5 years.
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    Again: Scott is probably showing off the most-commonly reported BLS U3 unemployment number. The more realistic figure is U6 unemployment, maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida's U6 unemployment is currently 19.3%, 5th worse in the U.S. Tally's unemployment is 8.9% but will go up another 1 - 2% depending on the number of furloughs this summer. When the pension contribution increase kicks in, Tally might lose the economic equivalent of another 2,000 jobs. The new overhead from the health ins. contribution might be the same or worse - another 2,000 jobs equivalent taken out of the Tally economy. Between those and furloughs, Tally might feel an equivalent loss of 6,000 jobs (out of a city workforce of 120,000 people). That's the equivalent of a 5% increase in unemployment, on top of the already going 8.9% rate we have right now. This'll pull the rug out from under our feet.
  • by Not Surprised Location: Tally on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    Sorry, but Slicky Ricky can't take credit for the drop in the unemployment rate. There are many tens of thousands whose unemployment benefits have run out and can no longer receive a check unless the federal government extends benefits again. Add to that number the non-English speaking, poorly educated, and those others that are not computer literate who never applied for benefits because they didn't know how. You can skew a poll or any other measurement tool however you wish simply by phrasing a question in such a way to get the answers you want. Been there, done that. That's politics for you. People believe what they want to believe & will embrace anything that furthers their own beliefs. I hope some of those rabid tea partiers lose their jobs so they can see how it feels. Wonder if they'll cheer Slick Rick then???
  • by no credit to scott on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    Part of the reason for the drop is many have had their benfits end, so they don't get counted when they do these polls, and it is not because Mr. Scott "created" any jobs, so not sure why he wants to take credit for something like this. There are still plenty of people out of work, and more to come with his plans , so I am not impressed.
  • by who to believe???? on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    WASHINGTON -- More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first increase in three weeks. The government said applications for unemployment benefits rose 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 412,000 for the week ended April 9. That left applications at their highest point since mid-February.
  • by state worker--i mean x state worker Location: home all alone on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    yea right. i sure dont feel it.
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      by Tia on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:41 PM in reply to state worker--i mean x state worker
      I was laid off 2006 during the Jeb Bush era. I was employed with the state for 16 years and was proud to provide public service to Floridains. Jeb decided he wanted to outsource our jobs to his buddies to capitalize and that door was close for me and my family because of their greed. Scott will repeat what Jeb did, but it will be more devasting to Floridians lively hood. Good luck to you and your family.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 01:44 PM in reply to Tia
        And the private sector person who is now doing the job you used to have is probably being paid a lot more than you were, they are probably costing the taxpayers a lot more and they are probably accomplishing a lot less. Taxpayers don't realize how much of their tax money is going to these private sector companies that charge a lot more than public sector employees would have cost.
  • by UNEPLOYED GEORGIA Location: GEORGIA on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:40 PM
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      by grady on Apr 16, 2011 at 02:50 AM in reply to UNEPLOYED GEORGIA
      cool. we got some unemployed guy who cant even spell unemployed from georgia standing up rick. thats a rounding sound of applause.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM in reply to grady
        What about the apostrophe in "that's" in youy comment. Good job, Governor Scott.
  • by TruthBeTold on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:22 PM
    Just saw the video of this TOOL walking out of the room right after his statement refusing to answer ANY questions..SERIOUSLY!?!? This guy has a SERIOUS Napolean Complex...and we all know what happened to Napolean, don't we....I'm thinkin' Dog Island would be perfect...
  • by Judy Location: Tallahassee on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Hell NO. He had nothing to do with the fact that I got a job!! Sincerely, Judy A Rodgers
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    I liked it when they asked him how he rated hiself he said every except answer the question.
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