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Romney campaign steps on Gov. Scott's jobs message



If Gov. Rick Scott, with his sunny pronouncements about an improving economy, has been stepping on Mitt Romney's message, today Romney repaid the favor. The campaign sent an e-mail with the subject line: Unemployment Still A Serious Problem In Florida.

Unemployment data released late last week showed that Floridians are still struggling to find work. The statewide rate remained stagnant at 8.6 percent, but many areas in the state saw their unemployment rates rise. Nationally, unemployment stands at 8.2 percent, and has remained above 8 percent for 41 straight months. Here are a few headlines describing the middle class’s struggle to find work in Florida:

Associated Press, “Florida's June unemployment rate stalls,” 7/20/12


Fort Myers News-Press, “Unemployment rate goes up in Lee and Collier counties,” 7/20/12


Fort Myers News-Press, “Lee County jobless rate jumps to 9.3 percent thanks to layoffs,” 7/20/12


Naples Daily News, “Florida's unemployment rate unchanged in June at 8.6 percent; Collier's rises,” 7/20/12


Florida Times-Union, “June figures show flat First Coast economy,” 7/20/12


Pensacola News Journal, “Pensacola area jobless numbers rise,” 7/20/12


South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Florida unemployment unchanged at 8.6 percent, but South Florida rate rises,” 7/20/12

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Ever more Floridians rely on food stamps,” 7/21/12


Gainesville Sun, “Gainesville-area jobless rate rises to 7.3 percent,” 7/20/12


Ocala Star Banner, “Unemployment numbers tick up,” 7/20/12


Palm Beach Post, “Florida employment picture stalls, Palm Beach County loses jobs during slow summer months,” 7/20/12


Highlands Today, “County's jobless rate rises in June,” 7/21/12


Florida Today, “Brevard's unemployment rate up in June,” 7/20/12


Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “Unemployment climbs in Southwest Florida,” 7/20/12


Northwest Florida Daily News, “Local counties see hikes in unemployment,” 7/20/12


Tampa Bay Times, “State report: Florida unemployment rate drop overstated,” 7/18/12


[Last modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 3:00pm]


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