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Fact Check: Florida Leads the Nation... In Number of Long-Term Unemployed

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Rick Scott claims Florida is leading the nation in economic recovery, but the fact is, Rick Scott's economy means hundreds of thousands of Floridians still can't find a job, and hundreds of thousands more can't find a job that pays all the bills. Under Rick Scott, Florida is a leader...in the number of long-term unemployed.


Floridians see where Rick Scott stands on the economy, and it's not for protecting and expanding Florida's middle class:

  • Orlando Sentinel Headline: Florida Ranks 2nd in Nation for Long-term Unemployment. "Florida ranks second among states with workers who have been unemployed for at least six months, researchers say." (Orlando Sentinel, 2/8/14).
  • Orlando Sentinel Headline: Pew Report: Florida economic recovery isn't so rosy. Rick Scott's Florida is illustrated by a "hollowing out" of middle class jobs, an "eroding" ability to create well-paying jobs, and "53 percent of the decline in Florida's unemployment rate is due to people dropping out of the labor pool."  [Orlando Sentinel, 2/25/14]