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On Jobs, Rick Scott's "Talking Point Falls Off the Rails"

Every few weeks, Rick Scott makes the mistake of telling Floridians how far short he has fallen on his promise to ensure that 1.7 million jobs are created in Florida. Last week, Rick Scott falsely claimed to be “more than halfway” to his job creation goal.

That’s just wrong. The truth is that Rick Scott has met just over 20% of his campaign promise, and PolitiFact Florida rates this promise “stalled.”

The fact is that Rick Scott is holding Florida back, giving taxpayer dollars away to the big special interests, not helping Florida families who need help in this tough economy.



Rick Scott halfway to jobs promise? Not so fast

August 16, 2013


Gov. Rick Scott celebrated Florida adding 34,500 private-sector jobs in July (really, 27,600 net jobs, counting public-sector job losses) by reprising his favorite new one-liner.

“We are more than halfway to our goal of creating 700,000 jobs in seven years,” Scott said in a Aug. 16 statement. PolitiFact Florida has visited this topic many times, most recently when Scott used a similar version of the talking point as he signed the 2013-14 state budget in May.

We rated the claim Mostly False then. It’s still Mostly False today. Here’s why:

The statement is only correct if you consider the measuring stick he wants you to use since taking office — not the one he promised Florida voters he’s use while campaigning in 2010.

For the record, it is accurate to say the state has added about 350,000 jobs since Scott took office. But the talking point falls off the rails because Scott said on the campaign trail that the jobs he would create would come on top of the state’s normal job growth, projected then to be about 1 million jobs by 2017. So, Scott told reporters his seven-step jobs plan would add 700,000 jobs on top of that.

(This is ignoring, for the sake of argument whether Scott deserves credit for creating the jobs in the first place.)

We are tracking Scott’s jobs promise on the Scott-O-Meter and plan to update it when the federal government releases its Florida data. Currently, the promise is rated Stalled.

By the way, the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.1 percent.

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