Florida’s Unemployment Rate Has Dropped to a Record Low

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talks about jobs.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talks about jobs.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to a remarkable, record low of 3.0 percent in December 2019. Additionally, the labor force continued to increase with 220,000 Floridians entering the workforce over the year.

“My administration continues to pursue bold priorities for Florida, and our efforts to diversify the economy are yielding results,” said Governor DeSantis.

“I remain laser focused on ensuring Florida is offering a world-class pool of talent to businesses and investing in our students and educators. We continue to prioritize the protection of our natural resources and water quality while also continuously searching for ways to support new and innovative industries which are helping to produce historically low unemployment in our state,” DeSantis added.

“Our historic low unemployment is not a coincidence,” said Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Ken Lawson in an Immediate Edge interview.

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“Governor DeSantis understands that diversifying our economy is good for all Floridians, and he has advocated for policies that encourage businesses to invest in our state,” Lawson added.

Florida businesses created 198,200 private-sector jobs over the year, and the state’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.5 percent continues to outpace the national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.

The year is beginning with more private-sector jobs coming to Florida as well.

Just this month, Governor DeSantis announced Made In Space was relocating its corporate headquarters from California to Florida, and Spirit Airlines was expanding into a new headquarters in Dania Beach.


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