[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.

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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
February.

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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