By: Matt Horn
For months, one big job announcement after another has been made across the state. Including more than 1,500 jobs being announced at the Navy Federal Credit Union in Pensacola and high paying jobs being added to the Jacksonville area in the aviation field. “We’ve been reducing unemployment at twice the national average rate,” said Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, David Hart.
Another major announcement earlier this week will benefit a large portion of the state. Coca-cola said they will buy 2-billion dollars worth of oranges in newly planted groves over the next 20 years.
Matt Horn reports that even though there has been a lot of positive publicity, opponents say there would be more jobs coming to the state if lawmakers would have expanded the Medicaid expansion bill. Opponents say without the bill, more than 100,000 will not come to Florida. “That would have brought 51-billion dollars of our own tax money back into the state over 10 years and that money goes directly into the economy,” said Executive Director of Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy’s Karen Woodall.
Florida also lost a few thousand jobs when lawmakers failed to pass a bill renovating the Miami Dolphins stadium.
“We still have a long way to go to get back to full unemployment, but we’re heading in the right direction,” said Hart.
Currently Florida’s unemployment is at 7 and a half percent.