Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – October 21, 2011

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Governor Rick Scott Announces

September 2011 Job Creation Numbers

Today we learned that Florida’s unemployment rate for September is 10.6 percent, down 1.3 percentage points since I took office. This puts our unemployment rates over the last five months at the lowest in two years while the national unemployment rate has gone up 0.1 percentage point during the same time period.

I am even more pleased by our job creation numbers. Florida has gained 110,300 private sector jobs while shrinking the size of government. That’s a net gain of 23,300 jobs in September alone, and a total net gain of 92,400 jobs since January.

Perhaps most significantly, Florida’s 12-month job growth percentage rate (+1.3 percent) has outpaced the nation’s (+1.1 percent) for the first time in three-and-a-half years (since February 2007).*

I cannot take full credit for this positive news. Florida is on the right track, thanks to the collaborative effort of the Florida Legislature, who last session passed business tax cuts and shared my vision for making Florida the best state in the country to do business, and to Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, city and county governments, who along with the state provide incentives for companies to create jobs here, and to everyone in my administration who has played a role in growing jobs. Most importantly we must recognize the businesses who are actually taking risks to create jobs in Florida every day.

Florida is trending in the right direction, but we know that with many Floridians still out of work, there is still a long road ahead, and we could face tougher times before our actions to turn the state around begin to have a lasting impact.

This month I unveiled my job creation and economic growth agenda for the coming year. I will continue to prioritize our efforts to streamline regulations, provide tax relief, and work with the Legislature and our other state leaders to do what it takes to create the jobs needed to get Floridians back to work.

Over the next several days I will be meeting with Brazilian tourism officials and companies to attract more visitors and business to our state. I am joined by 180 delegates from Florida, representing more than 115 business organizations and we are looking forward to a great trip. Florida means business. I mean business, and together we are getting our state back to work.

*Florida’s job growth rate over the year (Sept. 2010 – Sept. 2011) exceeded that of the U.S. for the first time since Feb 2007.

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First Lady Ann Scott serves as Honorary Chairman of Florida House in Washington, D.C. Last week, a film crew visited with the First Lady at the Florida Governor’s Mansion to shoot a documentary about the founding and ongoing tradition of Florida House. The only state embassy in Washington, D.C., Florida House was founded in 1973 by former First Lady of Florida Rhea Chiles. It provides hospitality to all Floridians who visit the nation’s capital, including glasses of fresh Florida orange juice.

The documentary conversation focused on the merits of Florida House, its history, and the value to Floridians. Like Mrs. Scott, Florida House is passionate about educating the future of Florida. Florida House develops cultural and educational opportunities that support civics understanding and appreciation. Film crew members were graduate students from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Production of the documentary is ongoing. For more about Florida House, visit


This week, as Chair of Space Florida I made a presentation before Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet when they held a meeting at Cape Canaveral. I shared with them Space Florida’s vision to create jobs in the space industry.

As Florida emerges into a new era of Space flight, we will build new modern facilities and educate the next generation of skilled workers to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We have a team of partners, both private and public, engaged in the effort to commercialize the space industry. Their collaborative efforts hope to bring products to market sooner and increase manufacturing opportunities in Florida.

I believe that Florida is well-positioned to be No. 1, not only in space, but in aerospace, science and other new technologies that will one day become a significant part of our economy right here in the Sunshine State.

Jennifer Carroll

Lt. Governor

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