Yesterday, March 18, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida's unemployment numbers had dropped another .1% from 6.2% to 6.1%. He also announced yesterday how the Fort Lauderdale Metro area's unemployment rate had dropped down to 5.3%. He also touted that the West Palm Beach Metro area jobs had dropped from 8.3% to 6.3% over this past year.
Scott's opponent in the race to be Florida's next governor, Adrian Wyllie, had a different take on Florida's unemployment numbers with this statement yesterday:
"The number of working Floridians has decreased dramatically on his [Rick Scott's] watch, and his lackluster policies have directly resulted in thousands of lost jobs in Florida. Florida’s labor participation rate has fallen from the 25-year average of 62.4 percent, down to 59.6 percent, according to the Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research.
It’s easy to tout positive unemployment numbers when you stop counting the 441,859 Floridians who have given up hope of finding work. Take a stand for putting people back to work -- not taking them out of the equation!”
The Charlie Crist campaign had this to say about the newly released jobs numbers in Florida:
"Rick Scott’s 1.7 million jobs promise is failing because he handed a billion dollars in corporate tax breaks to his buddies for almost no jobs, while cutting education and training. He is still desperately attempting to take credit for a recovery that’s more anemic than what the economy was already predicted to do on its own."
Out of all this we can see the corporate welfare model Scott has been trying to implement has not had a good return for taxpayers. Even the conservative Americans for Prosperity is against using corporate welfare to create jobs in Florida.
There is no way to tell how all three of these major candidates are doing in the polls as the bulk of polls this year have only included two of the candidates. At press time there are 28 candidates filed to hopefully qualify to be on November's ballot, however we will find out in June who will make it to the primaries and to the general election. June 20, 2014 is the cut off date for filed candidates to qualify for either the primary for the respective political party or for the general election on November 4, 2014. To qualify a candidate must either put up the qualifying fee or present enough petition signatures.