Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – December 16, 2011

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Florida Unemployment Down

Two Percentage Points

This week, upon returning from a week-long trade mission to Israel, I received welcome news. Florida’s unemployment rate and job numbers for November 2011 were released today, showing unemployment is down two percentage points since I took office, and down 0.4 percentage points from October.

A total of 8,500 new jobs were added in November, which makes the total net new jobs for the year more than 120,000.

We are continuing to move Florida in the right direction by streamlining government, eliminating burdensome regulations, identifying economic development opportunities and prioritizing education. I am hopeful that we will see Florida’s unemployment rate continue to decline as jobs grow and more Floridians find work. I invite you to visit the links below to learn more about my trade mission to Israel and my budget proposal that focuses on funding the education of our young people.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:

Florida Unemployment Down Two Percentage Points

Statement for Governor Scott Regarding the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge

Governor Scott Visits the Western Wall During Israeli Trade Mission

Education and Jobs Top Governor Scott’s Budget Priorities

Governor Scott, Lt. Governor Carroll, and First Lady Ann Scott Announce 2012 Black History Month Contests

Governor Scott’s Weekly Radio Address


Earlier this year, First Lady Ann Scott sent a personal letter to Florida schools inviting students and school groups to visit the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Since her invitation went out, many groups of school children have traveled to Tallahassee and toured the Mansion.

During the holiday season, hundreds of children have enjoyed the lights and holiday decorations that adorn the Mansion during this time of year. Mrs. Scott has spent time visiting the children, taking photos and answering questions.

As First Lady of Florida, one of the first things she wanted to do was open the Florida Governor’s Mansion to more students and school groups year round. She has made it a priority to showcase the beauty and history of the Mansion, so it will be more welcoming to the public and to guests. Tours will continue during the 2012 legislative session and throughout the school year. Schedule a tour today.


Students from Canopy Oaks Elementary School in Tallahassee accept First Lady Ann Scott’s invitation and visit the Florida Governor’s Mansion.

On Friday Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll addressed the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast in Marianna. Her remarks focused on jobs and the economy.

There are more people in the labor force in Jackson County and more people employed in Jackson County today than at this time last year. Wages are also up from last year. An experienced worker could expect to earn $19.56 an hour at this time last year. Today in Jackson County that same experienced worker can expect to earn $19.98. That may seem small but that’s almost $700 extra per year for the same job and experience.

In fact, of Jackson County’s 11 major industries, 9 have seen job growth this year including a 3% growth rate in their top industry of service occupations. Florida is moving in the right direction and Jackson County is helping Florida get back to work. Thanks to Governor Scott’s focus and policies, Florida’s unemployment rate continues to fall.


Lt. Governor Carroll visits Jackson County. Click on the picture to follow the Lt. Governor on Facebook.

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