Scott Calls 12% Unemployment Rate Unacceptable

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Florida ended 2010 right were it began, with high unemployment.

“Florida’s rate held steady at 12.0 percent. Of course it was 12 a month ago. A year ago, the rate was 11.7 percent,” said AWI Chief Economist Rebecca Rust.

All year the state unemployment rate hovered around 12 percent. At the end of the year more than a million Floridians were looking for jobs.

The latest labor statistics are from December and don’t reflect anything Governor Rick Scott has done during his first month in office. But they do signal a starting point for his jobs plan.

Florida has a workforce of 9.2 million people. 1.1 million are looking for work. Economists say by 2018 an economic recovery will create one million jobs. Scott says he’ll add another 700-thousand to that number, which would more than cover the unemployed and bring people who’ve stopped looking for work back into the labor pool.

“We’ve got to clearly work on getting our economy going again. Everyday I’m working on getting jobs back into the state. Make sure we are the number one state people want to start, expand, or move there businesses here and I’m calling companies all the time,” said Scott.

Tuesday his work paid off, when Vision Airlines announced an expansion into Florida.

“We’re going to make sure we’re the state that is really a state for business,” said Scott.

Thursday Scott met with Golf legend Jack Nicklaus to talk about using golf to attract more tourists. Talks are also underway on expanding rail and gaming. If Scott hits the jackpot, it will mean thousands of jobs for Florida.

More businesses have begun to hire temporary workers. The state Agency for Workforce Innovation says that a good sign that things are beginning to turn around.

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  • by alex Location: tampa on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM
  • by uneployed Location: la on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    anonymous 1-22-10-54 am ----in lousianayou are eligible if tou quit-fired-layed off-or just want to. i think they do it to shrink the murder rate.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Laughing, What did not voting for him get you?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    Are you eligible for unemployment if you resign from a job?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Docker, As political appointees, they handed in their resignations, and he accepted them. It is not 100% accurate to say that he fired them, although it feels the same to those that left.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    hes only been in office 18 days.
  • by Docker Location: Tallahassee on Jan 22, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    He can't do any worse than the prez. How's that hope and change thing working?How"s that trillion dollar stimulous plan working?BTW The state workers that he fired were political appointees.
  • by we need jobs Location: madison fla on Jan 22, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    every time jobs try to come to madison it always gets voted out because these rich people around here want all the money for themselves
  • by Also anonymous... Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2011 at 07:34 PM
    Didn't that jerk just fire a boat-load of state workers? You can't complain about the unemployment rate being so high when you're busy adding to the problem....unless, of course, you're rick scott.
  • by Laughing Location: Perry on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    If this idiot dont stop doing like he is doing our unemployment rate is going to be 100% of Florida I am so glad I didnt vote for this Idiot
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