As Florida Governor Rick Scott ends his term, which he will complete in January, and prepares to take over for outgoing Senator Bill Nelson, he’s taking some time to highlight the sunshine state’s accomplishments under his leadership.
He announced that Florida’s unemployment rate is at 3.7 percent, which is the lowest it’s been since April 2007.
Giving an update on the sunshine state’s job growth and unemployment rate, Governor Rick Scott noted that businesses created 26,300 private-sector jobs in July.
The Governor, in a written statement, explained that the state’s strong economy and private-sector job growth have largely contributed to reducing the reemployment tax rate to the minimum $7 per employee for next year, which is a drop from the 2012 tax rate that was $120.80 per employee.
He explained that “Florida’s strong business climate and tax cuts have created more than 1.64 million jobs over the last eight years. I’m proud of our state’s strong job growth and for the fourth year in a row, the reemployment tax remains low, allowing us to keep attracting businesses to Florida, ensuring our economy remains competitive.”
Cissy Proctor, the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, noted that she was “proud that USDOL has recognized our dedication to supporting a business-friendly environment in our great state. The work our agencies have done makes it easier for businesses to file taxes while saving taxpayer dollars.”
In addition, Leon Biegalski, the Executive Director of the DOR, said that “It’s great to see the state’s dedicated employees recognized for their monumental efforts. This process improvement is part of the agency’s continued efforts to provide excellent service efficiently and at the lowest possible cost.”
It seems that the Governor is ending his term on a high note, having accomplished something he set out to do 8 years ago when he assumed office.