As states, courts and Congress bucks Biden vax mandate, DeSantis touts efforts to save jobs in Florida

DeSantis Trumpets Upbeat Jobs Report For Florida, As Job Growth Nationally Stalls

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis promoted a weak national jobs report to illustrate how his pro-freedom policies are succeeding.

The federal government reported earlier this month that the nation added only 210,000 jobs in November. That was half the projected growth. The result was so dismal that even the pro-Biden NPR called the report a “bust.”

But not for Florida’s Republican governor.

Overall, 51,100 of those jobs – or almost one-fourth of the total – were added in Florida.

In a press release, DeSantis noted that the total equated to a growth rate for November of 0.6 percent, which was six times the nation as a whole, whose total grew by 0.1 percent for the month.

The same is true over the past year. Florida’s labor force has increased by 6.1 percent over the last year, compared to a national growth increase of 0.9 percent.

Among private-sector jobs, Florida expanded by 6.4 percent over the past year, which is two percentage points more than the country as a whole.

Our job growth rate is six times faster than the rest of the nation because we’ve worked hard to keep Florida open and protect the jobs of individual Floridians,” DeSantis said in a statement.

“Because we have protected their livelihoods, Floridians are confident in finding work and operating their own businesses. We will continue to focus on our state’s foundation of freedom to ensure that Florida remains a leader in economic growth and Floridians are able to succeed.”

DeSantis also noted in the press release that Florida, for the fifth consecutive year, ranks number four in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index, which grades state tax systems on how well they promote economic growth.

The three states ahead of Florida were Wyoming, South Dakota, and Alaska. Overall, the other nine states in the top 10 had a combined population of 24.9 million, about 3 million more than Florida.

In comparison, the four worst states, according to the Tax Foundation, are Connecticut, California, New York and New Jersey. DeSantis noted that they are “consistently” at the bottom.

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