Gov. DeSantis highlights nation-low unemployment rate, 1.5M new businesses
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‘Our economy is steady and resilient — proof that Gov. DeSantis’ freedom first policies are working.’

Florida has the lowest unemployment rate of the 10 largest states in America, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who celebrated the ranking Friday while highlighting the state’s healthy business ecosystem.

That’s because Florida has “encouraged workforce development, kept the economy open and put Florida families first,” DeSantis said in a Friday press note.

Through August, the Sunshine State has maintained a 2.7% unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a full percentage point higher than the national unemployment average of 3.7%.

Further, more than 1.53 million new businesses have sprung up in Florida since January 2020, outpacing second-place California, which saw 250,000 fewer companies open their doors over the same period.

Florida’s statewide unemployment rate has either declined or held steady for 25 consecutive months. For 21 of those months since December 2020, Florida’s unemployment rate has been lower than the national rate.

Accordingly, the state’s labor force has grown. Private sector employment grew by more than 493,000 jobs (5.6%), outpacing the national rate of 4.6%. In August alone, Florida gained 49,000 jobs, a 0.5% increase.

“Our economy is steady and resilient — proof that Gov. DeSantis’ freedom first policies are working, despite the nation’s economic uncertainty,” Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Secretary Dane Eagle said in a statement, who noted more people are moving to Florida than any other state in the country.

“We are first in the nation for net migration because their families can thrive here, (and) DEO is committed to supporting the Governor in advancing the economy by focusing on the state’s workforce, businesses and communities.”

Per an analysis of address-change-request data from the United States Postal Service that Forbes conducted in April, Florida ranked second behind Texas for most transplants. California and New York led the country in former residents.

The Governor’s Office encouraged Floridians looking for job opportunities to visit the CareerSource Florida network and register with Employ Florida.

Visit the DEO website to view more details about Florida’s August employment data.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Charlie Crist

    September 16, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    All this has nothing to do with DeSantis. Vote for me. I’ll help BIDEN keep up the good work here in Florida 👍

  • jasmin loutra loura

    September 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm


  • Nikki Fried

    September 16, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Most of the new jobs in Florida are low wage, non living wage jobs on some greasy GOP hog slave plantation. Also the border “crisis” is a FOX News hoax. There have always been problems. Trump just put a bandaid on them. Vote for Charlie. Vote for justice for Trump malfeasance and crime spree… DeSantis mass murder over for crimes against humanity for harmful political stunts using unwitting migrants.

  • Tom

    September 16, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Florida/America’s Governor means rising tide for all. DeSantis’s economic renaissance is due to not closing business’s during Covid.

    DeSantis saved Florida, parents, kids, businesses, owners and society. Even for ingrates, mongrels, soros Manchurians.

    Under every metric, Florida has outperformed USA. Jobs produced, growth, and opportunity.
    Florida’s unemployment rate is at historic levels, 2.7% or less. A full point lower than USA. Wage growth has been number one, 7.8%.

    Only ignoramuses such as the fake alias above would suggest moronically different.

    DeSantis, Florida rising ride for all.
    Do for America what you have done for Florida.

    • Elliott Offen

      September 16, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      DeSantis means rising tide alright… rising sea levels, rising wealth and income inequality, toxic algae, and toxic far right propaganda.

  • PeterH

    September 16, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Low unemployment is great …..but it doesn’t compensate for DeSantis’s deplorable leadership and example he’s setting for Florida’s youth.

    You have to wonder if DeSantis’s hair roots are not orange and underwear is really a diaper.

    Republicans are America’s Problem.


  • Tom

    September 16, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Low unemployment is great says the Lincoln towel boy! Same manure from idiot Elliot.

    How ignorant are you both?

    H, it’s a full point lower, it’s been leading in job creation for over a year.

    The state of Florida has never been better, $22 billion in reserves. Great Gov, great state.

    Florida is economic liberty, economic and personal freedom, and opportunity for all.
    America’s Gov, do for America what you’ve done for Florida, please.

    Ron leading Biden in Ohio! So goes Ohio so go’s America! America’s Governor for all.

    • alexey

      September 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      ohio is a lean red state you dumb fuck

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