Our former colleague Mark Silva reports on Bloomberg's Political Capital blog today that the White House was reminding the reporters aboard Air Force One about a Twitter message that Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued last week:
“Tampa-St.Pete.-Clearwater and Miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in country,” tweeted @FlGovScott.
The governor linked to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report in that Friday message: “Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 325 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 40 areas, and unchanged in 7 areas.”
“Twenty-seven of the metropolitan divisions recorded over-the-year jobless rate decreases in August, while seven registered increases. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla., posted the largest rate decline from a year earlier (-2.0 percentage points),” the BLS reported Oct. 5.
Josh Earnest, the principal deputy White House press secretary, who made note of Scott’s Twitter report today, told the press pool that the president would be talking about this today when he visits the University of Miami.
“You’ll hear from the president a little bit more today about what he believes that we should do to build on that progress and to build on what we can do to help our economy in south Florida and communities all across the country recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” Earnest said.