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Service Specter: Rick Scott’s Job-Growth Puffery Masks Florida’s Low-Wage Future

| July 20, 2015

About two of three of those new jobs is a low-paying service-sector one, mirroring years of Florida job growth in low-pay, no-benefits, dead-end jobs in Team Scott’s tourism-driven economy.

Florida Sheds 4,000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 6.3%, Also Rising in Flagler

| September 19, 2014

In Flagler County, the unemployment rate went up to 9.5 percent, the number of people with jobs fell by 207, and the labor force, an indicator of local economic vitality, fell by 186 after rising in previous months.

Enterprise Florida’s Version of Economic Development: Lavish Perks at Steakhouses, Hotels and Yankee Stadium

| March 3, 2014

Enterprise Florida, The state’s economic development agency, is under fire again. This time, a recent report highlighted lavish spending by its staff, which prompted a watchdog group to ask the governor to launch an investigation.

It’s On Again: Amazon Pitches 3,000 Jobs to Florida. Gov. Scott Mulls Over Tax Implications

| June 14, 2013

A month after an announcement that plans had been scrapped for Internet retailing giant Amazon to build at least one warehouse in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott’s office Thursday said a deal is again in the works.

Despite Snubbing Obamacare, Florida Gets Thousands of Jobs and Cash from Health Act

| May 13, 2013

Even though Florida officials tried to block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at every turn over the past three years, the state will gain millions in grants and hundreds of new jobs this year from its implementation.

Florida’s Own Fiscal Cliff: Gov. Scott Pleads With Obama to Help Avert a Strike at Seaports

| December 27, 2012

Barring an agreement between longshoremen and shippers, Gov. Rick Scott and executives of Florida’s largest ports urged President Barack Obama to use his authority to keep containerized cargo moving while talks continue, saying any interruption would have a ripple effect throughout Florida and across the country.

Florida Unemployment Unchanged at 8.8%, Flagler’s Dips Slightly, to 12.4% in August

| September 21, 2012

Florida’s unemployment rate was unchanged in August, at 8.8 percent, as the state added just 23,200 jobs–for a total of just 77,800 in the past 12 months–while Flagler County’s rate dipped to 12.4 percent. Flagler’s rate has been in the 12 percent range since February.

The Downside of Tourism Jobs, and What North Carolina Can Teach Florida

| September 5, 2012

Florida is adding jobs, but mostly in tourism and service industry, low-skilled work that has involuntarily forced people into part-time employment. North Carolina has seen more employment grow in the information technology and research sectors. These jobs tend to offer higher pay and more stability.

Stalled: Unemployment Remains at 10.7% in Florida, Ticks Up to 14.9% in Flagler

| September 16, 2011

As in the rest of the nation, job creation in Florida and Flagler is close to a standstill, with just 9,900 jobs created in July, leaving almost 1 million Floridians out of work.

Job Creation Soars by 431,000, Almost All Census-Driven; Unemployment Down to 9.7%

| June 4, 2010

Despite the surge in employment, signs are grim for sustained job recovery as private-sector and construction jobs lag.

Job Creation Soars by 290,000,
Unemployment at 9.9%

| May 7, 2010

Job creation improved by the largest margin in four years in May, solidifying gains of 559,000 jobs in the past three months.

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