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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.

Governor Rick Scott
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Florida Governor Rick Scott touted new jobs, a growing economy and tax cuts in his State of the State speech Tuesday. But Democratic lawmakers say Scott’s policies are benefitting corporations at the expense of Floridians.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)
State of Florida

State Senator Jeff Brandes, a Republican  from St. Petersburg,  wants to reduce the number Floridians who get their drivers licenses suspended because they can’t pay fines.

Florida's part-time legislature is turning into a full-time job, but without the pay. And that's forced some lawmakers to find a second job. The House's powerful Rules chairman is one such legislator with a part-time gig. He's an Uber driver--and he's been surprising passengers in his car for the past few days.

State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has invited the Republican Party’s presidential hopefuls to discuss one of his favorite topics—jobs.  The governor’s economic summit kicked off Tuesday in Orlando.

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Governor Rick Scott kicked off his “Jobs Jamboree” tour in Miami Monday, in lieu of traditional inaugural events.

Instead of an inaugural ball or parade, Scott decided to hold a series of informal barbecues and prayer breakfasts across the state, and he launched the tour Monday—also his 62nd birthday. In a video posted by the Florida GOP, Scott talks, of course, about jobs—a premiere point in his campaign.

Capital Report: 10-03-2014

Oct 3, 2014

Florida school district officials are writing thousands of new exams to administer to students this school year. Lynn Hatter reports, the effort to create end-of-course tests in subjects not evaluated at the state level, is causing more parents, and local education officials to call for a time out on testing.

A handful of lawmakers have announced plans to file bills to bridle what some are calling “over reaching” utilities. Regan McCarthy reports the measures put new rules in place for everything from when utilities can increase rates to who can lobby the utility’s regulators.

Florida Tax Watch Building front
Florida Tax Watch

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

WORKFORCE plus Expanding Services To Higher-Income People

Sep 10, 2013
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Employment training center WORKFORCE plus will soon be able to serve more people in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties. Training services and job preparation assistance will now be available to higher-income people.

WORKFORCE plus is raising the maximum hourly wage to qualify for its services by a third. CEO Jim McShane says employers have posted 6,000 jobs in the three-county region, and the one-stop shops will now be able to help more people get them.

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.

A Fortune 500 company’s relocation to Southwest Florida has business groups applauding Gov. Scott for attracting new jobs to the state. The Hertz rental car company is expected to bring at least 700 jobs to Fort Myers.

On Tuesday, Hertz CEO Mark Frissora joined Scott in Fort Myers to announce the company’s planned move from New Jersey.

“It’s clear that we needed to look no further than Florida," Frissora said.

Brewster Bevis, with Associated Industries of Florida, said the move shows Scott’s commitment to recruiting companies.

Florida Congressmen Urge Colleagues To Stay In D.C.

Feb 28, 2013

Looming nationwide budget cuts, known as sequestration, will go in to effect tomorrow unless Congressional leaders and the President find a solution within the next few hours. Three freshmen U.S. lawmakers from Florida pressed their colleagues to find a solution this afternoon, saying “No Fix, No Break”.

Law Firm Moving To Tallahassee Seeks About 90 Workers

Jan 30, 2013

Tallahassee-area job seekers might want to dust off their resumes. A multinational law firm is moving to Tallahassee this summer and is looking to hire about 90 people.

The law firm Kaye Scholer has nine offices all over the world, and its tenth is coming to Tallahassee.  The firm’s chief operating officer, Jeff Hunter, said, the firm chose Florida’s capital after considering dozens of potential cities.

Sign Asking for Ideas
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Tallahassee Community College is seeking input from the public on how it can better serve and partner with private businesses, government and nonprofits. The college held the first of three town halls on Tuesday night.

TCC administrators are trying to craft a strategic long-term plan for how to stay relevant in the Florida Panhandle community.  Among those who shared their ideas at Tuesday’s town hall in Tallahassee were business owners, directors of nonprofits and government employees.

The Space Florida organization will spend five-million dollars to help rebuild a site at Cape Canaveral’s Air Force base. Lynn Hatter reports The site will be used to test submarine missile systems, and the project is expected to bring up to 100 jobs to an area of the state that has been hit hard by job losses.

Governor Rick Scott says the jobs created by the missile pad updates at Cape Canaveral Air Force base will come with salaries of about ninety-thousand dollars.

Fla. Unemployment Rate Drops 2 Percent Over Last Year

Jun 15, 2012

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released the May jobs numbers on Friday. Florida’s unemployment rate continued its decline, reaching the lowest point since December of 2008. It dropped 2 percent over last May’s rate to 8.6 percent. The department’s chief economist, Rebecca Rust, says the outlook for college graduates has improved in each of the past two years. 

“But it is still a tough job market, and graduates need to be looking look at, when they pick their careers, looking at areas where there is positive job growth forecasted,” she said.

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