TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott says Florida has added more than 1 million private sector jobs since he took office in 2011.
He made the announcement as jobs figures released Friday showed the state's unemployment rate was 5 percent in November. That's a down 0.1 percentage point from the month before.
Scott promised to create 700,000 jobs in seven years during his 2010 campaign. After he was told state economists predicted 1 million jobs would be created naturally as Florida recovered from the great recession, he said his promise was 700,000 jobs on top of natural growth.
Scott backed off the 1.7 million jobs added goal after his election and last year he claimed he met his promise three years early when the state passed the 700,000 jobs added figure in December.