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Scott reacts to American Airlines' layoffs

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September

Gov. Rick Scott issued the following statement today after American Airlines’ announcement that it expects to reduce their Florida workforce by 1,400 workers before the end of the year.

“American Airlines’ announcement today is certainly bad news for their company and a setback for hundreds of Florida families. We are focused on growing our economy so every Floridian has access to a great job because we know that having the opportunity to work hard and provide for your children is the heart of the American dream. 

“I asked the Department of Economic Opportunity Director Hunting Deutsch to work with the Southwest Florida Workforce Investment Board, the Beacon Council, the Miami Chamber of Commerce and the associated labor unions to immediately develop a plan to transition these highly skilled aviation workers into other jobs. We know that Florida workers want to work, and assisting them in identifying other opportunities in our state is a top priority.”

Scott often touts Florida's decreasing unemployment numbers, and he got testy with a reporter Tuesday who asked why recent reports paint a less rosy picture than Scott claims.

@britt_alana

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:19am]

    

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