Sunday, October 23, 2011

Florida’s unemployment rate for September fell to 10.6 percent

From: Rick Scott
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM


Dear Committeeman,

I just arrived in Brazil and I am excited to start off my trade mission with great news. Today we learned that Florida’s unemployment rate for September fell to 10.6 percent — down 1.3 percent since I took office and a decrease in unemployment in the state for 6 of the last 9 months. This puts our unemployment rates in Florida over the last five months at the lowest in two years while the national unemployment rate has gone up during the same period.

Let me share some of the numbers. Florida has gained 110,300 private sector jobs while shrinking the size of government. That’s a net gain of 23,300 jobs in September alone, and a total net gain of 92,400 jobs since January.

Perhaps most significantly, Florida’s 12-month job growth percentage rate has (+1.3 percent) outpaced the nation (+1.1 percent) for the first time in three and a half years (since February 2007).*

Florida is headed in the right direction. But with so many Floridians still looking for work we have much to do.

That's why last week, I unveiled several proposals to boost job creation for the coming year. These proposals would re-prioritize state transportation projects to move projects that create the most long-term jobs to the head of the line, it would require that unemployment recipients who can't pass a basic job skills test take workforce training so they can get jobs and we'll reduce taxes for small businesses across the state.

I'm working every day to keep this momentum going and I won't rest until we get Florida back to work. Thank you for your continued support.
Sincerely,

Governor Rick Scott


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