PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years

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With the seven-year benchmark behind us, we wondered how his promise ended up on our Scott-O-Meter. In total, Florida added 1.49 million nonfarm jobs between the end of December 2010 and February 2018, the last month for which there is data,

PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700000 jobs in 7 years

Floridians following Rick Scott since his first campaign probably weren’t surprised when the two-term Republican governor talked about jobs during his announcement to run for the U.S. Senate.

He described the years before his election in 2010, claiming that “this state had lost over 800,000 jobs in four years. We still had this beautiful weather, but we increased regulations, we increased taxes on people in this state. But we stopped it.”

On April 9, he said, “we’ve now, you, businesspeople, job creators, have added 1.5 million jobs, almost.”

Scott made job creation a cornerstone of his two campaigns for governor and promised in 2010 to create 700,000 jobs in seven years through seven steps. Those job gains, he said, would be on top of nearly 1 million jobs economists predicted would be added to the state no matter who was elected governor.

In total, Florida added 1.49 million nonfarm jobs between the end of December 2010 and February 2018, the last month for which there is data, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number, which is seasonally adjusted, includes roughly 11,000 additional government jobs.

  • Date: 2018-04-16T05:00:00Z-04
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Citrus news is getting to be a broken record: The latest report by U.S. Department of Agriculture holds Florida orange production ‘steady’ with a slight decrease in grapefruit production, according to a Tuesday news release.

The USDA’s March report estimates Florida orange production for 2017-18 to remain at 45 million boxes, a 35 percent decrease over last season and the lowest crop size in more than 75 years.

Before Hurricane Irma, Florida was expected to produce about 75 million boxes of oranges this season, according to private estimates.

Florida grapefruit production went down 650,000 boxes to 4 million boxes, a decrease of 49 percent over last season. There was a small increase in Florida specialty fruit, which includes tangerines and tangelos.

‘After a season of crisis, our industry finds hope in a new bloom, a new crop, disaster relief on the horizon and the opportunity a new season brings,’ said Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus.

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