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Florida’s Governor Takes Credit for Job Creation

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015   

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Sunshine State is basking in success in job creation, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants everyone to know it has happened on his watch.

The monthly employment numbers show more than 800,000 new private-sector jobs created in a little more than four years since Scott took office. However, the Republican governor is still trying to live up to a grand promise he made on the campaign trail five years ago.

"When the governor was running, he proclaimed repeatedly that he would create 700,000 jobs over seven years, regardless of what the economy might otherwise gain or lose," said Orlando-based economist Hank Fishkind. "So, it's very clear that he meant 'above what the economy would generate.' "

By that measure, Fishkind noted, Scott has some catching up to do to meet a total of 1.7 million private-sector jobs he promised to create by 2018. Florida's current unemployment rate of 5.6 percent is nearly on par with the national average of 5.5. percent, and down from more than 11 percent when Scott took office in 2011.

Fishkind said the state's private-sector employment growth has outpaced the national average for nearly three years. The Scott administration has taken credit for creating a business-friendly environment in order to lure new jobs to Florida.

"Best case, any differential between the national average and Florida might be ascribed to Gov. Scott's programs and policies," he said, "so, best case, he's at less than of half than what he had hoped to produce."

How much credit should he receive? Fishkind, who once advised former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, now a likely presidential candidate, said he believes leaders have only a "marginal effect" on their state's short-term economic gains or losses.


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