Florida’s Job Growth Rate The Fastest In The US, Even Faster Than The National Average
If you aren’t convinced that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a total political stud when it comes to leadership during a crisis, I’m not sure what more you need to see to believe.
Maybe, perhaps, the fact the Florida job market is recovering at a significantly faster rate than the national average, according to brand new figures, will help persuade you.
During the month of September, the U.S. economy gained 194,000 jobs, which was far less than the expectations of economists. Florida, however, gained a whopping 84,500 jobs during the exact same period, leading the nation in terms of the largest percentage increase.
Well done, Governor. Well done.
A statement written by DeSantis says, “Florida’s economy accelerated in September 2021, growing at three times the rate over the month compared to the nation. Overall for the month, Florida gained 84,500 total jobs, including nearly 73,000 private-sector jobs. This month marks 17 months of private-sector job growth, increasing by 5.6% over the year. Florida has experienced this magnitude of monthly private sector job growth on only four other occasions in the past 30 years.”
“In addition, Florida has experienced 11 consecutive months of labor force increases, adding 50,000 workers over the month. Florida’s labor force growth represents a 5.4% increase over-the-year, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 0.8%. In total, Florida has gained more than one million jobs since April 2020.”
“We are outpacing the nation in job growth and job opportunities because businesses know that Florida will stand up for them,” said the governor in the release. “Despite tremendous national headwinds and economic uncertainty, Florida has reached a level of job growth only seen on four other occasions in the past 30 years. We will continue to work hard to keep Florida open, free and built for opportunity.”
DeSantis was one of the first governors to pull his state from enhanced federal unemployment checks funded by President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. A recent report from the Foundation for Government Accountability — a Florida-based think tank seeking to reform welfare initiatives — confirms that DeSantis’ decision to end the handouts paid significant dividends for the state’s job market.
“From late May — when Gov. DeSantis announced he was ending the $300 weekly unemployment bonus — through late August, Florida employers hired nearly 1.3 million new workers,” the report states. “Nearly 400,000 of these new hires were recorded in the first three weeks following the unemployment bonus’s elimination. As the bonus ended, employers’ hiring rates spiked, allowing them to fill needed open jobs. For the first time in months, the number of unfilled positions in Florida began to decline in August, as more Floridians left unemployment and returned to work.”
DeSantis recently announced plans to call a special legislative session in order to address coronavirus vaccine mandates for private employers.
Look, the state of Florida has weathered the storm of the coronavirus pandemic far, far better than pretty much any other state in the country. They haven’t been forcing vaccine mandates, nor the wearing of masks.
And what’s more, Gov. DeSantis is actually standing up for citizens who dare to go against what radical leftists want to see happen in the state. That’s good leadership.
Every governor in the country should be taking notes right now.