Gov. Rick Scott celebrated his job-creation record Wednesday, with a new chart showing Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen faster than any other state over the last 21 months.
As presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney reminds voters that Florida has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates and job creation here is lagging the national pace, Scott’s message remains markedly different. The two will both give primetime speeches during the Republican National Convention next week, and Scott said he doesn’t plan to change his optimistic messaging about Florida during his speech.
“Since December 2010, Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped 2.3 percentage points, more than any other state in the nation,” Scott’s office said in a release. “At 8.8 percent in July 2012, the rate is down from 11.1 percent in December 2010 just before Governor Scott was inaugurated.”
Scott, Romney and Pres. Obama all have a stake in the messaging around Florida’s economy, and each offers a different take on how the state is doing, and who deserves the credit/blame.
Thankfully, we have data to help parse through all the rhetoric.