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Scott’s job creation efforts took a hit last month

by John Kennedy | August 19th, 2011

Florida Democrats teed-off on Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday over July unemployment numbers, which showed the state losing 22,100 jobs that month.

The statewide  jobless rate held steady at 10.7 percent in July from a month earlier. In Palm Beach County, unemployment climbed to 11.2 percent that month, up from 11 percent in June.

Jobs, meanwhile, vanished.

Scott has been boasting of the state’s job creation levels, which had climbed by 85,500 positions since he took office in January. But with July’s drop, that level is down to 64,300 jobs, according to the state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation.

 Earlier this week, he told the Orlando Sentinel editorial board that he was well on his way to making good on his campaign promise of creating 700,000 jobs in seven years — even though he also made it clear to the paper that he was casting his pledge differently than last fall. 

Last fall, Scott promised to add the 700,000 positions on top of what economists forecast as a roughly 1 million additional jobs that will come with Florida’s population growth. Now, Scott said he’s counting every job toward his goal.

But Friday, he had to get out the eraser with July’s shrinkage.

Florida Democratic Party executive director Scott Arceneaux said the decline was “another indication that Rick Scott and the Republicans care more about promoting their Tea Party agenda then creating the jobs they promised and Floridians need.”



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6 Responses to “Scott’s job creation efforts took a hit last month”

  1. phil Says:

    Ricky Scott needs to drive through Pasco County and see all the hundreds of abandon homes…those people left the state of florida…they gave up on finding a job…if they had not left the unemployment rate would be 15%.

  2. Bob Says:

    I hope that none of the many unemployed believed this jerk with his slogan “Let’s get to work”, and voted for him. Didn’t anyone ask themselves, “Where the hell did he come from?” He plead the fifth over and over, and his company was fined millions. But people still voted for him. Well be careful what you wish for! You wanted him, now you can have him!!!

  3. Peter Schorsch Says:

    Rick Scott’s ‘dark Friday’: FDLE launches investigation into email scandal (and was Harris Media involved?)

  4. DrDeath Says:

    The state of Florida’s only concern are anti abortion measures, taking away gays civil rights, blaming unions and teachers for failing schools, cutting medicare and medicaid, cutting unemployment benefits, putting the churches views of family values into constitutional amendments and on and on…They have succeeded in accomplishing what they have been elected to do by the religious minority of sicko’s.

  5. Eton Edwin Says:

    Rick Scott is a crook and will always be a crook. I for one am sick of the Tea Party backed politicians whose strings are being pulled by a bunch of idiots hell bent on fattening their pockets while us hard working floridians struggle to take care of our families and ourselves. We don’t need 7 years we need right now!

  6. Travis Says:

    Where are the Jobs Prick Scott… guys voted him in office….not me! The only thing he has accomplished is selling a couple helicoptors and pissing off the entire state. I only regret not moving out of this state sooner….Have fun with your minimum wage jobs losers!!! I am leaving you with a great job and the confort of moving into a blue state. Word of advice, He wants billions dollars that he stole from the government back that he got caught stealing out of your pocket.

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