Rick Scott's Take on Florida's Unemployment Rate

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

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.


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  • by forewarned Location: panama city on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    The only reason these numbers are even published as better then before is because Rick has shut down most if not all unemployment's benefits . You get a phone call to contact them with your job search history or your benefits will be cut off (fair enough)You call the 800 number for days and they say their is no one available to receive your call please call back at a later date . Then you have to call Rick Scotts office and complain there is no one available because he has all the staff verifying work search efforts . Then after your complaint is filed someone from the Unemployment office calls you and reinstated your benefits . This is not an isolated case it has happened to me twice and from what I read on the message boards people have given up trying to call and just walk away from there homes because of what this nice man has done to help out the people that voted for him , (once).
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    Pete Zahut, Why are you still blaming everybody else. The president needs to be the President and move the country out of this recession. Instead he has prolonged it by passing laws that take years to go into affect leaving many companies to stockpile cash while their accountants try to figure out what their tax burden will be in the next few years. If Obama had done nothing at all( no Stimulus package, and no health-care reform), we would have been out of the recession earlier.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    walter bown. You are wrong. The unemployment rate is 12%. The people you mention are not included in the unemployment rate. Either are those who are underemployed (working part-time when they use to work full-time). There are a lot of people looking for work, but the unemployment figures are based on certain criteria, and the people you mention do not meet the criteria to be counted. I agree with you that the effective unemployment rate is much higher, but we are not talking about the effective unemployment rate.
  • by Mary Ann Location: Tallahassee on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Scott may not be responsible for the 12% but his cut of State workforce will make that number go up. Plus, that 12% DOES NOT include those who are unemployed who are not receiving unemployment compensation because it ran out or could not receive it. Scott has not impressed me yet - I have heard of two insistences where he has replaced state workers with his people at $20,000 more a year than the person who was fired. He scares me!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    Just to let you know Walter Brown, the 12% is NOT just a count of how many people are on unemployment benefits, but an estimate of people who are unemployed seeking work.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Jan 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    To Woody, hope your post is tongue in cheek because the adding of more on the unemployement line will not help any one least of all the NEW 19k Florida will only be for the RICH,whom are you gotta call with problems not your congressman or senator
  • by oingoboingo Location: Monticello on Jan 23, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Don't you know that Rick Scott is Governor of Florida and he has made that very clear. Doesn't matter anything about your 2 cents or what you have to say so really no need to say anything. He doesn't read Florida newspapers so he probably doesn't listen to Florida TV stations either. So writing anything here is probably a waste of time because it doesn't matter to him. Oh, yes, his highly paid best people in the world will tell him what is said (what they want to pass on) and they will tell him what to do. He has no mind of his own. He wants to get the big corporations and keep them going. He wants to get rid of the corporate income tax that the state collects to run state government so he can fire more state workers. Then when he doesn't get what he wants or he's called a jack ___ again he'll run home to mommy. That's the way to handle it!!
  • by walter bown Location: quincy,fl on Jan 23, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Just to let you know, unemployment is higher than 12%. There are a lot of people that were refused unemployment as i was,or it just ran out...
  • by Pete Zahut on Jan 23, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    So, already people are "blaming" Mr. Scott for unemployment? If you want to play the blamegame, start with George W. Bush, Katherine Harris and Florida's Republican Party. But the largest amount of "current" blame should be placed on banks that will not loan money to small businesses - money they got from Bush's regime. But placing blame does nothing to lower unemployment. Scott is a crook - let him bilk the federal government for another billion to ease FL's unemployment rate ... if that doesn't work, then start blaming him!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    gonzoFL, Please explain how 700,000 new jobs would add any cost to the state budget? By eliminating wasteful spending, lowering taxes (enabling businesses to thrive), and allowing Florida businesses to hire new employees, the State will actually have a surplus, and can rebuilt the "Rainy day fund". Somehow you see this differently, and I want to understand your thinking, so please explain it.
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