Unemployment Numbers in Florida Under Scrutiny

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee, Florida- July 20, 2012

New unempolyment numbers are out today. Although Florida's unemployment rate stayed the same, the Governor's office reports nine thousand new jobs were added to the state's economy in June.
Some call the day unemployment numbers come out "the biggest day of the month" for Governor Rick Scott.

The jobless percentage in Florida stands at 8.6 percent for a second straight month and the lowest since December 2008.Florida's 8.6 percent is higher than the national average of 8.2 percent.

The Department of Economic Opportunity says the numbers for June mirror the numbers in May, in showing that close to 800,000 Floridians do not have jobs.

Governor Scott made creating jobs a priority in his administration.
He pledged to create seven hundred thousand jobs in seven years.

State economists say Florida's unemployment rate has improved largely because people have left the workforce, not because they're finding jobs.The Governor argues this...

He says the state's dropping unemployment rate is because of changes he has been pushing, such as removing regulations he believes deter job creation.

In response to today's numbers Governor Scott released this statement:

"Our strategy for Florida is working. We are lowering taxes and eliminating burdensome business regulations so that private-sector jobs can grow, and we are also making sure we have a well-educated workforce."

He goes on to say that there is, of course, still more work to be done and that he won't stop until every Floridian who wants a job, gets a job.


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