Florida Governor Rick Scott spent a week in Europe, though he wasn’t taking a vacation. The purpose of his trip to Europe was to bring jobs to Florida.
For once critics were excited a governor was using taxpayer’s money to take a trip out of the country. Even though taxpayers will foot the bill, if Governor Scott can bring jobs to Florida, the trip will be well worth the expense.
Governor Scott is convinced he will find jobs in Spain, but with the country embroiled in demonstrations about its rising unemployment, we’ll have to wait and see if that is so. Some say that Spain’s loss could be Florida’s gain.
Mark Wilson with the Florida Chamber of Commerce stated, “We believe in free enterprise here in Florida and here in the United States. Some of these other countries are going in the opposite direction and, so, one of the ways that people in other countries, such as Spain, can benefit from our economic system here in Florida is by increasing trade.”
Spain purchases about $400,000 worth of goods from Florida each year, with agriculture products chief among them.
Florida’s economy seems to headed in the right direction. The Florida unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent in April 2012, three-tenths of a point better than March.
Governor Rick Scott said, “With more than 243,000 Florida job openings listed by various help-wanted websites, we are seeing positive trends of job creation by companies and employers throughout our state. Florida’s jobless rate moved to its lowest point in more than three years and is a clear sign we are moving Florida in a direction that gives businesses and job creators the confidence they need to grow and expand.”
Four recent signs that 2012 will be better for Florida than 2011 are:
- More people are moving to Florida, prompting increased economic activity.
- Sales are up and expected to continue.
- More people have more money in their pockets after refinancing mortgages at historic lows.
- Consumer confidence is up in Florida and a continued drop in the unemployment rate should further boost Floridians’ sense of well-being.
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