New Poll Reveals Floridians Are Skeptical About State's Economic Future

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

Times are tough for many Floridians. The slippery downfall of the economy has left thousands of people without jobs and struggling to make ends meet.

"I see so many clients every day sitting in my chair, and either somebody knows someone who has lost a job, who cannot find a jobs, and people who have had their jobs for 20 something years, they lose it and they don't know what to do," said hair dresser Selena Rudd.

More than half of Floridians surveyed in a recent poll say they believe things will stay the same or possibly even get worse over the next 5 years.

"That poll is pretty eye opening. It's pretty scary that people think that the economy is not getting any better, that jobs aren't going to be available and that's something I'm going to need," said FSU freshman Michael Anaya.

But employment experts say that is not the case, at least not for job seekers in Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden counties.

"There are opportunities. As a matter of fact, just over the last month alone, there were 250 new jobs posted in our system and that's just for one month, but this number is larger than previously seen," said Workforce plus CEO Kimberly Moore.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is still getting his feet wet in office, but Floridians hope he keeps his promise to keep job creation at the top of his list.

Also in the Leadership Florida poll which questioned over 1200 Floridians, 65 percent of them believe the state government spends tax revenue in a relatively wasteful manner and 75 percent rated the state government's performance as "fair" or "poor".

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