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Gov. Rick Scott's untold job's story: Jobs Lost

Jobs LostFor nearly three decades, this rural community in north central Florida was home to a bustling mill that was the principal employer for its 1,400 residents.

Then, in November 2011, the recession-induced collapse of the housing market forced Georgia-Pacific to close its plywood plant.

All 400 employees were sent scrambling to find work — weeks before the holidays. And the mill that once produced the sawdust-covered staples of the state’s housing market stood idle, cutting off the lifeblood of the local economy.

“The mill was a boost to the entire town — the schools, churches, local businesses,” said Pastor Joe Williams. “All of a sudden, all that disappeared.”

Now, after two years the mill stands shuttered. Many of its employees have found other jobs but at lower wages, and local community leaders, who had hoped to get help from the state, say they are on their own.

“We’ve tried to sell ourselves to [the state Department of Economic Opportunity],” said Hawthorne Mayor Matthew Surrency, but the effort has yielded little return.

The story of Hawthorne is not one Gov. Rick Scott talks about on his public relations roadshow as the state’s “jobs” governor. It is a tale of the tens of thousands of private sector jobs lost in Florida since Scott took office in January 2011. It is about once robust manufacturing jobs that were replaced by lower-wage service sector employment. And it is about the thousands of companies already here that received little help with tax breaks or other incentives.

The number of jobs that have disappeared on Scott’s watch include: More here. Here is the interactive map of layoffs at companies with more than 100 employees.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2013/rick-scotts-jobs-record/part-2/#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2013/rick-scotts-jobs-record/part-2/#storylink=cpy


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ed jenkins

The readers of this hometown paper and citizens of Florida wonder why their paper includes articles on economic issues written by economic illiterates. A basic understanding of labor economics would allow the author to understand that there is a constant churn of jobs where even in the best times approximately one million people lose their jobs a month, but about 1.3 to 1.4 million gain jobs which results in a net increase of 300,000 to 400,000 jobs per month in a good economy nationally. If this author would take the time to learn how the labor economy works then they would not report one or a handful of isolated incidents involving excess capacity would fall under the responsibility of elected politicians.

Ana Gomez-Mallada

Since Scott took office, the state’s unemployment rate has dropped from 11.1 percent to 6.7 percent, and the state has added 440,000 private-sector jobs, according to federal data.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/12/rick-scotts-record-many-promises-jobs-meh.html#storylink=cpy

Can't take anymore

Just how long can the state of Florida continue to rely on burger flippers, grocery baggers and out of state retirees to fund government and education? The Scott crowd blows so much smoke about their "economic miracle" that Smokey the Bear ought to be chasing them around the Capitol Complex. It seems they intend to eliminate enough state agencies and services (and reduce education standards to just those needed for a lifelong career in fastfood) to match the soon to collapse revenue stream of state taxes.


It's hard to understand why Tallahassee Republicans favor the service sector until you look at their biggest contributors: chamber of commerce, retail federation, insurance industry, banking industry, tourist industry. The back bone of all these industries is low wage, little or no benefit, mostly part time labor. If these industries had to compete with manufacturers for labor, they would lose. Tallahassee Republicans are not about to bite the hands that feed them.

ed jenkins

There does appear to be a good amount of economic illiteracy among commenters to this hometown paper regarding labor economic and business in general. It is not the position of elected officials to make decisions on where plants are located or the types of businesses that open in their jurisdiction, all that they can do it make a business climate more or less friendly. For example there are very important factors involving site selection for manufacturing plants that fall outside political efforts that will never (or not for a very long time) allow many industries to locate in certain parts of the country such as the need to be near other manufacturers in the supply chain or near feedstocks for certain industries such as chemicals or petroleum products. Luring electronics manufacturing or assembly from the orient will be impossible since semiconductor and other products are all manufactured there and transportation costs would be excessive to move them thousands of miles between steps of manufacturing. On the other hand a state that has access to water such as Florida has an advantage in shipping and tourism and that will remain forever.

Pepi Cancio

I'm very proud that I voted for Governor Rick Scott, think that he is a smart guy with business experience and his intentions in the right place. There will always be critics for anyone and mostly for ulterior political reasons. This writer probably didn't vote for him and has other intentions for such a bashing of the governor that made the front page of the newspaper. Fact is that while he has been in office our unemployment has gone from like 11% to 7%.
How can you blame him when a company shuts down because the business is not there. He has not done anything to make it harder to do business here and slowly has made things better were you rarely notice it. I renewed my conceled license permit, renewed my General Contractors license and the people were nice and super efficient. I want to think that maybe he and the people that he has running shows are more business like and efficient? We are in the construction business and had the worst 4 years a while back, currently we are schedule to have one of our best years next year.
Personally I think his doing a good job and hope that our Federal government will do a better a job like him after our next election. How can companies afford an Obama care and it's higher cost? How can the old people that were insured afford the higher costs and higher deductibles? It doesn't even help the new insureds that will have to pay up to like $5000 of deductibles which they don't have? Not well planned, no new law should be longer than 3 pages, no new law should cost taxpayers more money. Unemployment benefits, medicaid should all have a short cap or some will never try to get a job. Teachers that don't perform should not be compensated more than ones that do, the ones that complain probably don't deserve their jobs. Governor, continue to cut red tape, make things more efficient, help companies putting people to work in our beautiful and warm #1 Florda.

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