Scott claims Accomplishment of His 2010 Jobs Goal in Florida

Scott claims Accomplishment of His 2010 Jobs Goal in Florida

An announcement made by Gov. Rick Scott has revealed that his 2010 campaign goal of creating 700,000 jobs within seven years has been achieved. The state's unemployment rate came to its lowest since May 2008.

According to Scott and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 715,700 private-sector jobs since December 2010 were added by the state as of November 2014. The figures were obtained from Bureau of Labor Statistics data and the governor said it is a clear victory as he has fulfilled the promise of adding 700,000 jobs in seven years by implementing Scott's seven-point economic plan.

However, in 2010, actual promise of Scott had called for 700,000 jobs on top of normal growth, which means 1.7 million in all. Also, he ignored elimination of tens of thousands of employees from government payrolls over the past four years.

"Four years ago, we unveiled an ambitious plan to fix Florida's economy and turn the state around. Our goal was to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. Today our goal was reached three years early, with 715,700 private-sector jobs created in Florida since December 2010", Scott said in a news release.

He mentioned his victory through a tweet, saying Florida made it by adding more than 700,000 jobs in less than four years.

Economists said during the 2010 campaign Florida would add jobs anyway as the state has recovered from the financial crisis.

Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness, said they have solid measurements of payroll jobs. Moreover, they know when he took office and numbers can be easily counted to determine how many jobs were added to payroll since then.

Around 1.1 million people were believed to be out of work from a labor force of 9.245 million when Scott took office. In the latest report, it was showed that the number of jobless people in Florida declined to 556,000 from a labor force now standing at 9.66 million.