Florida's Jobs Situation: What Rick Scott Won't Tell You

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Gov. Rick Scott has been proudly touting that Florida has created the second-most jobs in the country (behind Texas) since he took office, but here's what he won't tell you: Those new jobs suck.

More specifically, since the governor took office in January, Florida workers have had lower hourly wages, fewer hours to work, and smaller paychecks.

Scott hasn't made any mention about Florida ranking 49th out of the 50 states in weekly pay differences between January and May -- the most recent earnings statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average weekly earnings for Florida workers dropped from $770.66 in January to $749.30 in May. The only state with a worse decline was Utah, which saw its average drop from $840.58 to $815.26 in the same time period.

Only 17 states, including Florida, have had decreases in weekly earnings since January, and all but four of those states dropped less than $10 -- compared to Florida's $21.36 decrease.

It's not as if all the other states are struggling either. Alaska's average weekly earnings have gone up more than $64. Louisiana, Vermont, South Carolina, and North Dakota each managed to increase weekly earnings more than $25.

The ultimate irony from Scott's "getting Florida back to work" rhetoric is that Florida has the largest decrease in the nation in weekly hours for workers since he took office.

People worked 35.4 hours per week on average in January, which dropped to 34.9 in May. In fact, the average number of hours worked per week decreased only in Florida, New Mexico, and Hawaii.

It looks like Florida hasn't exactly been getting "back to work" since Scott took over.

Maybe he should take it easy on the bromance with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and take a page out of the playbook of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who also took office in January.

Sure, South Carolina hasn't created as many jobs as Florida (14,400 to 75,300), but Florida also has four times as many residents.

Since Haley took office, average weekly earnings have risen from $701.49 to $729.03, and the average weekly hours have gone from 33.5 per week to 35.1.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal also took office in January, and his state has also seen an increase in weekly earnings ($752.98 to $766.16) and weekly hours worked (33.6 to 35).

Instead, Florida gets to deal with doughnut salesman Rick Scott. Thus far, it looks like the governor has created jobs, but not mentioning the severe decreases in worker pay and hours is a lie by omission.

Click on the links to see the statistics straight from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for both January and May.

The hours and earnings statistics for June should be released later this week.


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16 comments
matt gordon
matt gordon

A con-artist with a personal defense attorney and his own plane is still a con-artist.

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candid
candid

floridope has so many problems that it will continue to have a bad economy for years to come.

it does not matter if people like the bald headed dude are in charge or not....if you really want to have a decent job and be part of a stable community, then you have to move from the state.

perhaps the northern part of floridope is a bit better when compared to the southern part of the state, but basically, the entire state will stay depressed for the next 10 years.

unowhooo
unowhooo

Mat Give it a rest I am sure the ex- unemployed are happy to have any job rather than to sit at home on the computer listening to idiots like you who bitch and complain about anything and everything the Governor does Now Get To Work and Quit Your Bitchin!!!

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

And yet the rich keep getting richer.   Nice to know who Scott is actually for.  Hint, its not us.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I suggest that someone analyze the impact of the earnings, with respect to buying power. Every state has different costs of living. The real story will be better understood when we can see what the changes in earning power means in the context of peoples' every day living expenses -- how earnings impact ability to live, pay bills, etc.

Goldeelocks
Goldeelocks

I suggest that someone analyze the impact of the earnings, with respect to buying power. Every state has different costs of living. The real story will be better understood when we can see what the changes in earning power means in the context of peoples' every day living expenses -- how earnings impact ability to live, pay bills, etc.

Billy Ballsack
Billy Ballsack

Bitchin' comment, bro. No one says they weren't happy to get a job, just that the jobs aren't paying the bills like they did before Skeletor Scott. And I'm sure they'd love to get to work, but if you'd read the article, people aren't getting as much work as they did before Dipshit McGee became governor. Now quit bitchin' on blog comments and get to work!

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

That's why we didn't compare actual earnings between states, just the amount of change that has occurred in each state. As far as the differences we compared, the percent change and the amount of change led to nearly identical rankings, so it appears to be fairly relative.

Barney Fife
Barney Fife

ah what is it you do not understand about decreased hours and wages? That mean over a few months take home pay decreased in florida. people were working fewer hours and getting less per week after Scott's reign of terror began - fewer manufacturing jobs, more fast food and part time jobs. not exactly a reason to celebrate. Yes, costs of living might vary - but the real key is lower wages vs higher wages.

Now, if someone really wanted to examine rick scott - they would look not at fraudulent billings under medicare and medicaid - but bundled services that were not delivered. Actual incorrect billings to Medicare and Medicaid are small frauds with paper trails - failing to provide mandated services leaves few paper trails but it is where the greedy are really ripping off patients and CMS.

unowhooo
unowhooo

So Dipshit McGee is responsible for the unemployment and before Skeletor Scott everyone could  pay their bills ...Well thank god for Rick Scott  people are working again!!!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I am not arguing about the Rick Reign of Terror. I am in complete agreement as to the problems he has caused - tip of the iceberg, really, with more to come - due to "policy" aka lack of understanding, empathy, insight and abundance of greed.

And yes, when absolute earnings fall, it is not a good thing. when people work more to bring home less, it is also a bad thing.

What I am saying, though, is perhaps a tad more nuanced. The true impact and meaning of diminished take home pay can ONLY be understood, appreciated, made real and compelling, if we understand other aspects of our economic reality. The buying power of those diminished dollars has everything to do with the cost of living. That is when looking within one's state.

And if we are looking to compare states, than any talk of diminished earnings without the other information renders a comparison like that meaningless.

Matt gets it. And Matt, thanks for your note.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Fife - I think you meant INCREASED.

And I think you are not totally getting it.

Barney Fife
Barney Fife

well yes, there would be such a concern if there was reason to believe that the cost of living in florida had decreased during the same period of time. But there isn't any evidence to suggest that this has happened. You could, of course, have actually done the analysis you suggested - like check the consumer price index for florida between January and May - but you didn't do that - you just speculated that this might have happened.

So your comment is sort of along the lines of - the cost of unicorn feed MAY have dropped between January and May and that MIGHT be a mediating factor in the loss of hours and wages since those workers MIGHT have spent less for feed for their unicorns. But the decline in the costs of living you assume, much like the unicorn, doesn't exist.

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