Florida’s jobs picture appears strong. How does it compare to other big states?

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Florida is in a better place than five years ago. But how do we compare to the five other most-populated states ‘ California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois?

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By many measures, Florida’s employment picture looks good. The state’s workforce has grown and unemployment has plummeted. Even wages have improved, outpacing inflation.

Let’s start with the most common benchmark: the unemployment rate, the percentage of people who are able and willing to work but can’t find a job.

Florida posted a 3.3 percent rate in July, the latest month available. That ranks 16th in the nation, far behind top placed Vermont at 2.1 percent. But it’s good enough to be No. 1 among the Big Six, just ahead of Texas at 3.4 percent. Illinois pulled up the rear of the Big Six at 4.2 percent, low by historical standards but mediocre during these heady days of near record low unemployment.


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After it became clear Hurricane Dorian was no longer a threat to the Sunshine State, Florida politicians turned their focus to helping the Bahamas.

One effort is helping those who have family in the United States get off the island and onto the mainland.

U.S. Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have championed the idea. Still, the country has been slow to act.

Evacuees from Freeport, Bahamas, rest onboard the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas cruise ship after it arrived in Freeport. Image via CNN.

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‘Donald Trump’s hostility to granting temporary protection status and documentation waivers to the people of the Bahamas because the United States is also recovering from Hurricane Dorian is petty, and it is small-minded,’ FDP chair Terrie Rizzo said.

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