Florida Loses 636 Private-Sector Jobs During Rick Scott's Vacation to Canada

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See you guys in Brazil!
While we were busy adding up all of those jobs Gov. Rick Scott brought from Canada to Florida during his "trade mission" last week -- zero -- big layoffs were taking place across the state.

Now, aside from slaughtering government jobs from the state budget, private businesses are making firings too -- which doesn't seem to be going toward the seven-year, 700,000-new-jobs ideal Scott touted.

Frank Cerabino of the Palm Beach Post took a look at the homefront while Scott was showing his cowboy boots off to the mayor of Toronto:

It seems that Scott's job-creation claims are tentative, at best.

If you're looking for some bigger, and more concrete numbers, consider this list:

Angstrom Graphics, in Hollywood (161 jobs); Hometown America, in various state locations (182 jobs); Brandon Honda in Tampa (94 jobs); Emeril's restaurant in Miami Beach (62 jobs); Kaplan University in Fort Lauderdale (137 jobs).

These were the layoffs announced by Florida companies during the week that Scott was on his Canadian victory tour.

Not only is it pretty clear that Scott's idea of jobs creation involves not only the inability to create new jobs but also being completely ignorant to the fact that several Florida businesses are going down the crapper right under his nose.

Don't forget that Scott already has his next vacation planned, as he's using the guise of "trade mission" to head to Brazil in October.

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Gay Mikell
Gay Mikell

Rick Scott is the Democrats best weapon to keep the white house in 2010! Where Florida goes, so goes the nation!! 


What new jobs, if any, were created during this same time frame? The reality is that governments (or govenors) don't create jobs however by passing (or supporting) certain laws, they do inhibit commerce, which could result in job losses. But, a company that cuts jobs may actually be preserving other jobs because failure to layoff redundant staff could result in the overall downfall of a company.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Crap.   More math is required.

636 jobs lost in one week.  700,000 jobs needed.   Scott has roughly 3.5 years (130 weeks) left in this fiasco.

At this rate and at the end of his term, we'll need 782,680 jobs.


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I have no idea what happened above... what i meant to say was....you are implying that companies arent already streamlined as they are. There is a line between whether or not your company can operate effectively and how many are staffed. This carpetbagger governor of ours is simply lining his wallet with our money and then spending additional funds to go to Brazil. I would like to see what exactly this colostomy bag of a governor actually does in Brazil. I hope he hooks up with a Brasilerihna like Sanford and never comes back.

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