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Truth-O-Meter tackles Broward mayor's claim about unemployment

On March 21, former Florida governor Jeb Bush -- a potential Republican presidential candidate -- attracted national media attention when he gave a speech at the Broward Workshop’s annual State of the County event on March 21.

Prior to Bush’s speech in Davie to business and civic leaders, Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief took a turn at the podium to tout the host county’s recent economic success.

"Our unemployment rate is at 5.3 percent, the lowest in Florida, and it has remained that way for more than a year now," Sharief said.

We wondered whether Sharief, a Democrat from Miramar, was correct. Read PolitiFact for the answer.


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Ed Jenkins

The citizens do not believe there is any reason for a mayor to be talking about unemployment rates as if they have the ability to control them which they do not. The conditions affecting the business environment are almost entirely set at the state level as laws involving taxes, labor and general business operations are generally set there and this state has been lucky enough during its early years of democrat dominance to have established great laws which has been continued during these recent years of republican dominance as the democrat party leaders turned more toward business unfriendly positions.

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