Tallahassee, FL - His plan to fix the economy and get people back to work won Governor-Elect Rick Scott a chance to make good on his promises.
"Let's get to work!"
Scott says he can create 700-thousand jobs in seven years. State economists say a million jobs will be created in the same period of time because of the natural peaks and valleys of the economic cycle.
Robert Weissert with Florida TaxWatch says despite the report, Scott and newly elected GOP leaders will still have a vital role to play in the recovery. Weissert says, "They do have a huge role in making sure we have the right business environment. That's incredible important for all elected officials to be focused on."
But whether it's Scott or the cyclical economy creating jobs, Florida's 1.1 million unemployed have a rough row to hoe. Students at Florida State University says seven years is too long. John Cleleand will graduate in less that four years.
Cleland, an FSU freshman, says, "It's definitely difficult, like I've been looking for jobs. I've had jobs. It's definitely difficult to get a job."
Ugandan student James Arinitwe will need a job after graduation to stay in the States.
Arinitwe, an FSU graduate student, "It worries me a lot, especially for me graduating as an international student. We have that window to get a job. If you don't get a job you have to go back home."
But once the recovery starts, economists expect gains in the job market to be expediential.