Monday, December 21, 2009

Jobs Leave Florida, Unemployment Rises

From FDP:

Crist, McCollum Offer More of the Same

New unemployment numbers released today pose bad news for Florida, but Gov. Charlie Crist and the Republican who wants to replace him, Attorney General and former Congressman Bill McCollum, promise more of the same.

"After this November, Charlie Crist wants to continue his failures of leadership in Washington and Bill McCollum wants to continue business as usual in Tallahassee. Today's numbers prove the people of Florida can't afford either option," Florida Democratic Party Spokesman Eric Jotkoff said.

Despite the news today that Florida's unemployment rate continued to rise, reaching 11.5 percent (AP, 12-18-09), Crist and McCollum have not been deterred from offering more of the same failed politics-as-usual approach.

Even Charlie Crist's own administration officials admit that because of the Crist-McCollum failed economic policies Florida is recovering slower than the nation.

As AP reported, Agency for Workforce Innovation economist Rebecca Rust admitted, "The nation does seem to be recovering at a faster pace than what we're seeing in Florida."

"This stunning admission by the Crist Administration, just once again reinforces why Florida needs to end the status quo in Tallahassee," Jotkoff added.

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