Overall, the number of jobs statewide dropped, with state figures released Friday morning showing a loss of 15,300 jobs over the month. Over the past year, the job count is still up 54,900.
In a prepared statement, Gov. Rick Scott said:
“Florida’s unemployment rate is down to eight percent, its lowest in four years. Trends show that we are also experiencing growth in many different economic indicators that are key to job creation. Housing starts are on the rise, businesses and families continue to move to Florida and more jobs are being created. The changes we are making to improve our state’s business climate are helping Florida families pursue the American dream.”
Lenny Curry, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, sent out an email that said, in part:
Just last month, we shared the news that Florida’s economy produced the largest month-over-month drop in unemployment since October 1992.
This month, I’m happy to report that the unemployment rate continued to decline further and now stands at just 8.0%.
Since Governor Rick Scott took office, the rate has declined by 3.1 percentage points. That’s the lowest it’s been since November 2008. Florida’s underlying fundamentals indicate that Governor Scott has our state back on the right track:
♦ Florida is becoming a leading state for job creation
♦ Florida’s unemployment rate has reached a 4-year low
♦ Florida’s housing market is on the rebound