Gov. Scott highlights improved job climate for FL national guardsmen
Unemployment for Florida Guardsmen Reduced by 8.2 Percentage Points
Tallahassee, Fla. (October 24, 2012) – In Tuesday’s meeting of the Governor and the Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott highlighted the news that unemployment among Florida National Guardsmen dropped from 15 percent in September 2011, to 6.8 percent in September 2012 – a more than 8 percentage point decrease.
Governor Scott said, “This is great news for the men and women who serve our state with honor and distinction. One year ago, many more guardsmen were facing unemployment. We’ve managed to reduce the unemployment rate for guardsmen by over 8 percentage points. This is yet another important sign that our strategy to create jobs and expand opportunities for Florida families is working.
The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Florida’s unemployment has decreased over 22 consecutive months, and that 156,800 private sector jobs have been created since December 2010.
At the Cabinet meeting, Governor Scott applauded the success of the Florida Guard Family Career Connection, a collaborative effort of the State of Florida and federal partners to provide transition services and job opportunities for soldiers and airmen. Today, nearly 12,000 guardsmen reside in Florida, including 2,000 full-time (active guard and federal technician) and 10,000 traditional guardsmen.