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Florida has added more than 1.4 million jobs since Governor Rick Scott took office.  But Scott’s 700,000 jobs in seven years campaign promise is looking doubtful.

Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Cissy Proctor
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Florida experienced a big upswing in January employment after a sluggish December. 

Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Cissy Proctor
State of Florida

Florida’s unemployment rate held steady in December but the state lost jobs for the first time in more than a year.

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Floridians are enthusiastic about the economy and their personal budgets. That’s according to a survey by the University of Florida. Consumer confidence among Floridians surged up 6.9 points this month to 97.2, according to a news release. The high mark shows people in the state are as hopeful about the future as they were before the Great Recession and housing crisis in 2008.

Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Cissy Proctor
State of Florida

Florida’s unemployment rate held steady for the five months, but in October there was a slight uptick. 

Department of Economic Opportunity Chief Cissy Proctor
State of Florida

Florida’s unemployment rate for August hasn’t budged, but the state continues to add jobs. 

Florida's unemployment had been declining rapidly until December 2013.  Since then it's been hovering near 6.2 percent.
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Florida’s unemployment rate inched down slightly in May, boosted by growth in the private sector. Areas with the most growth continue to be Florida’s large metro areas, like Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville.

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Private sector job creation jumped significantly in April, and the unemployment rate hit an eight year low.

Florida has added more than one million jobs since Gov. Scott took office.
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State officials say Florida added almost 36,000 private sector jobs in November.  That pushes the mark for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s tenure just past one million jobs.

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Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped by a tenth of a percent since October. But some question if the downward trend in the unemployment rate will continue.

At 6 percent, unemployment is the lowest it’s been since June of 2008. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Jesse Panuccio says he thinks the state’s economic policies are encouraging business owners to open up more jobs. 

Florida's unemployment had been declining rapidly until December 2013.  Since then it's been hovering near 6.2 percent.
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Perhaps the most common refrain in the Florida governor’s race has been jobs – how many current Gov. Rick Scott has created and how many former Gov. Charlie Crist lost.  But despite painting himself as a job creator, Gov. Scott has presided over ten straight months of stagnant unemployment numbers. 

If you’ve been in Florida this last month and you’ve got a pulse you’ve probably heard Gov. Scott talking about his record on jobs.  It’s been a consistent, doggedly verbatim talking point throughout the campaign and at each of the three televised gubernatorial debates.

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The number of employed Floridians is returning to pre-recession levels. The news comes from a Florida TaxWatch mid-year job growth report.

Numbers released Friday show Florida added more jobs than any other state in June. Gov. Rick Scott announced the creation of 36,900 private-sector jobs last month. The statewide unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent, down a tenth of a percent from May.

But for the first time since last spring, Florida’s unemployment rate is higher than the national rate. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio says it’s important to look at the bigger picture.

July 2013 Unemployment Remains At 7.1 Percent

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Florida’s unemployment rate is 7.1 percent. It’s been at that level since May.

That’s still below the national average of 7.4 percent and almost five points lower than it was in 2010 when it peaked at around 11 percent.

Madison, Hendry, Flagler, Putnam and St. Lucie Counties continue to have unemployment rates near or above 10 percent, while Franklin, Okaloosa, Monroe, St. Johns and Walton Counties have unemployment rates below 6 percent.

Figures released Thursday show Florida’s unemployment rate remained flat at 7.1 percent in June. State officials say although the rate remains the same, the workforce is steadily growing.

Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said the state’s unemployment sits below the national average for the fourth month in a row.  He says the labor force has grown by about 50,000 workers since the beginning of the year, but some area like the manufacturing sector have been slow to grow.

Florida Governor Rick Scott got a much needed welcome home present as he arrived in Tallahassee from his trade mission in France. The state’s unemployment rate continues to tumble faster than the national average.

Florida’s unemployment rate for the month of May was 7.1 percent, down one tenth of a point from the previous month. Businesses in the professional services, private education and healthcare industries saw the most gains last month. Jesse Panuccio, Director of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, said the numbers were better than expected.

Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped for the month of January to 7.8-percent. That’s makes it lower than the national rate for the first time in five years. And Department of Economic Opportunity Director Jessie Panuccio said the new numbers indicate a positive trend.

“It continues a trend that we’ve seen over the last two years for Florida’s economy. It continues to grow. We’ve also had good news on the jobs numbers. Since 2010, Florida’s economy has added over 282,000 jobs. We’ve had job growth for 30 consecutive months,” Panuccio said.