Tallahasse, FL - "For me, job creation is an absolute mission!"
Record unemployment. It's an issue that's catapulted Rick Scott from little-known outsider to governor of Florida. He's promising 700,000 new jobs, but with unemployment holding steady at 12 percent, even he admits making that happen will be quite the challenge.
Governor Scott says, "It's unacceptable that we have 12 percent unemployment, so we clearly have to focus on getting our state back to work, and that's what I ran on and what I'm going to do, so I'm going to continue working on it every day."
Now that Scott is in the governor's mansion, the pressure is on.
His political standing is directly tied to the job market, and, every month that goes by without dramatic improvement could spell trouble for a man who's pledged to get Florida back to work.
"I think the clock started for Governor Scott well before January 4th."
Dale Brill with the Florida Chamber of Commerce helped draft a report scott's using as a blueprint for job creation. It's a plan he says will take time to implement.
Brill says, "My observation is that Governor Scott doesn't need any more heat, that it's self-imposed, and that's where we as Floridians want to see it. I think that the timing, though - you know, how fast does it take turn things around - it's very, very complicated, but we should see steps before we see the trailing indicators."
Steps like cutting regulations and passing tax cuts. The governor's already checked off a couple of boxes, but, it could take months, if not years, to complete them all. Just how long the public's willing to give scott the benefit of the doubte. Could depend in large measure on how high the unemployment rate is - and for how long.