|Florida’s Unemployment RateDown 2.1 Percentage Points in 2011
Today, we learned more good news about Florida’s jobs picture. In 2011, Florida’s unemployment rate dropped 2.1 percentage points. In fact, Florida’s unemployment rate in December was 9.9 percent, the lowest it has been in two-and-a-half years. This is down from 12 percent unemployment the month before I became governor.
Last year’s decline in unemployment is proof that the private sector, not government, creates jobs. Florida created a total of 130,000 jobs in 2011, and it is Floridians who deserve all of the credit. While this news is welcome, it is not good enough. I will continue to work every day to ensure that every Floridian who wants to work has the opportunity to do so.
Working with the House and Senate this session, I will continue to lower taxes and eliminate burdensome regulation. Last year was a great start to getting Florida back to work, and I am looking forward to more great things this year. I remain focused on three things: making sure Florida’s children can receive a good education, making sure that Floridians can find a job and keeping the cost of living low in our state.
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