Today's date is December 5, 2022

Scott announces 5.5% unemployment rate in Orlando


Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Orlando this morning to announce that the state has created 896,900 jobs since December 2010, and the state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent, the lowest rate since March 2008. In June 12,200 jobs were created across the state.

Scott made the announcement at ODC Construction, a residential construction services company based right here in Orlando. In four years they’ve created 200 new jobs, and currently employs 300 works, the Orlando area also gained more than 47,000 new jobs over the year in June 2015, the highest number of new jobs among all Florida metro areas for the 29th consecutive month.

“Today’s announcement of nearly 900,000 new private sector jobs in just four and a half years is great news.” said Scott “We have cut taxes 50 times – including $400 million in tax cuts this year – and we will keep working to create an environment where more businesses can expand and grow in Florida so families have more opportunities to succeed in the Sunshine State.”

This was the second job announcement Scott has made in Central Florida, last week he announced 35 news jobs at an industrial lighting company in Sanford (story HERE).

“ODC exemplifies the economic resurgence we’ve had in the state” said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “Another great month for Florida, unemployment down to 5.5%, that’s the lowest number for the state in 7 years. The construction industry has been booming right here in Orland and throughout the state. Really great to be here.”

Local leaders on hand included State Representative Eric Eisnaugle (R-Orlando) who commented on Scott’s leadership and it’s job rivalry with Texas “This is what happens when you have great leadership in the Governor’s office. It goes to show that we can make a difference when we get government out of the way of business and let business people succeed. I also love how we’ve been beating Texas recently, that’s great.”

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  1. Frank,
    Just to be clear on your opening remarks – States, Governments, and elected officials do not create jobs (unless they are GROWING government, of course, like our current and previous President has done). Entrepreneurs and other businesses create jobs. I do not believe Scott actually claimed he created those jobs, but like all clever politicians, his words are carefully chosen to describe what is a fact – that in the last 4.5 years, almost 900,000 jobs have been created in Florida – but by businesses, not him. I created 8 new jobs in my business alone last year – and Governor Scott had absolutely nothing to do with that. Another thing to clarify is the tax cutting measures. Bragging about $400M in tax cuts in one year, while at the same time gaining $100M in red light camera ticket fine revenue is a net $300M in cuts to Floridians. I would not be surprised if there were other methods to help make up for the ‘tax cuts’ because Florida’s budget is a record $78 billion. That is up $1 billion from the previous year.

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