Here's an excerpt from the final installment of a three-part series by the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald investigating Gov. Rick Scott's job creation record. This one is from PolitiFact Florida. Read the first and second parts of the series here, with links to all of the stories, a database and interactive, shareable graphics.
Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 with a simple plan he promised would invigorate the state's economy.
Over seven years, through seven steps, Florida would add 700,000 jobs. Shorter: 7-7-7.
Three years into Scott's tenure, Florida is recovering in ways that surprise economists. The unemployment rate is down dramatically, below the national average, and the state has churned out hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
But are Florida's gains enough for Scott to keep his biggest campaign promise?
The jobs numbers, if you were to jot them onto a napkin, look good.
Florida has added 406,000 jobs since January 2011, and the biggest monthly boost is the most recent. In October, the state added 44,600 jobs, according to preliminary federal data.
Better yet, jobs are coming faster in 2013 than in 2012 and 2011.
Beyond the numbers, however, lie two critical questions:
1.) What did Scott actually promise voters in 2010?
2.) Is Scott's 7-7-7 plan the reason those 406,000 jobs came to Florida?