TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott was in Tampa on Friday morning, trumpeting the opening of a new facility for a business that aims to add 300 jobs in Florida over the next three years.
He stood alongside Steve Haslam, CEO of StreetLinks Lender Solutions, an Indiana-based appraisal-management company, and discussed why businesses such as StreetLinks were flocking to Florida.
The announcment came about 9 a.m. — just an hour before the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released numbers showing Florida's unemployment rate grew from 8.6 percent to 8.8 percent in July.
Scott said Florida has created an environment where businesses can "do extremely well" by reducing government regulation, prohibiting union security agreements and eliminating income taxes, among other things.
"Every time we can announce new jobs, it gets us closer to that 700,000 jobs that we announced we would get done over seven years," he said.
When asked if the state was still on track to reach that goal, Scott said, "we'll clearly get to more than 700,000 jobs over the next seven years. The state's headed in the right direction."
StreetLink is looking to hire at least 50 people in front-line customer service or data processing positions that pay upward of $13.50 per hour.
Haslam said the company would draw candidates from unemployment pools as well as a local recruitment agency.