Gov. DeSantis: Florida beating ‘lockdown states’ in job growth
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

Florida has seen eight consecutive months of job growth.

Keeping Florida open has saved the state’s economy while other states have struggled through lockdowns, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.

A federal economic report shows three straight months of retail losses and historically high jobless claims. Meanwhile, Florida counted its eighth consecutive month of job growth, the Governor reported Friday.

“We are not only gaining jobs, but we’re doing it against the tide of where other places are shedding jobs, and I think part of that is the fact that Florida is open,” DeSantis told reporters.

The latest jobs report gave the Governor an opportunity to renew his emphasis on keeping the economy open during the pandemic.

Florida’s schools are open, and the Governor has granted Floridians the “right to work” and businesses the “right to operate,” free from state or local government restrictions. Meanwhile, Florida’s per-capita mortality rate for COVID-19 is 24th among states and below the District of Columbia’s rate, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several states with higher mortality rates, like New York and Illinois, are “lockdown states,” the Governor said.

“Lockdowns don’t work. They destroy people’s lives. They ruin opportunity,” he said. “They do not stop or do really anything significant at this point, and I think the jury is in on that.”

States’ restrictions on restaurants, bars and some stores, along with a reluctance of most Americans to shop, travel and eat out, have led to sharp spending cutbacks. Revenue at restaurants and bars plunged 21% in 2020.

The loss of so many jobs has meant hardship for millions of American households. In December, employers cut 140,000 positions nationwide, the first loss since April and the sixth straight month in which hiring has weakened. The unemployment rate remained stuck at a still-high 6.7%.

Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1% in December.

“We’re getting people back to work and back in the workforce,” said Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Dane Eagle.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Palmer Tom

    January 22, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Florida’s service industry probably had an impact. The issue isn’t jobs, but wages.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 23, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Omg Duffus Desantis Fing proud that he has willingly slaughtered Floridians! Duffus Desantis please step forward and accept your reward from Nazi Rick ! We are a damn service economy stupid! We have had to shutter small and large businesses! Why? Because you are a damn loser Duffus Desantis ! Duffus Desantis you bought the goptrump death cult bs hook line and sinker ! Stfu!

  • voncile1963

    January 23, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you Gov. DeSantis.
    Looking forward to voting for you as President soon!

  • James Robert Miles

    January 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah, we got lots and lots of low paying jobs here in Floriduh! Just the way Republicans like it!! DeSatan is a ONE TERM governor!

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