‘Resilient economy’: Gov. DeSantis hails booming numbers in final pre-election jobs report
Ron DeSantis. Image via Colin Hackley.

Unemployment is the lowest it's been since Jeb Bush was Governor.

If the job market is what’s driving voters, Republicans will try to use the new September jobs report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to summon a Red Wave on Election Day.

The pre-election jobs report from the state of Florida, rolled out Friday just before an event where he was endorsed by industry groups, presented the sunniest forecast since before the crash of 2008 and the second-lowest rate ever.

Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.5% in the month of September, the second lowest rate in the state’s recorded history and the lowest rate since October 2006, the coda of the Jeb Bush era.

Despite challenges, the market is “remaining strong,” the Governor’s Office contends.

“Florida’s economy continues to outpace the national average — Floridians are finding jobs, and our state’s businesses are thriving. As we continue to support Southwest Florida communities in their recovery from Hurricane Ian, a resilient economy is paramount,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

“With inflation still surging due to federal policies and with Southwest Florida recovering from Hurricane Ian, Florida has maintained sound fiscal and economic policies that will help us mitigate these challenges.”

DEO Secretary Dane Eagle, for his part, credits the man who appointed him for driving the growth.

“Leadership matters — Florida’s economy is strong, resilient, and positioned for continued success because of Governor DeSantis’ decisive leadership,” Eagle said.

Eagle contended that leadership included DeSantis’ stewardship throughout the pandemic, when he often found himself at odds with COVID-19 mitigation measures favored by the Joe Biden White House.

“Florida didn’t get lucky. Instead of locking people down during the pandemic, Governor DeSantis lifted people up, and we are seeing the impacts of this direction nationally,” Eagle contended, though he didn’t elaborate on that point.

“Now in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian, the unprecedented and dedicated response to recovery spearheaded by the Governor and First Lady sends a strong message to the region that Florida has your back, and we will rebuild stronger than before.”

In terms of pure unemployment numbers, the state has been below the national average since December 2020, the final month of the Donald Trump administration.

DeSantis has offered warnings about economic downturn, blasting “Bidenflation” and condemning “Orwellian doublespeak” from the Biden administration about a recession actually existing. Those warnings recurred Friday, when he said Biden was “trying to plunge the country into a recession.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tom

    October 21, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    No Surprise.

    It’s the economy stupid.
    Florida’s continues to be the beacon of economic freedom and liberty!

    Florida’s job growth, 25 straight month of consecutive job growth, 2.5% unemployment along with record actual wage growth.

    This is because Gov Ron, kept Florida open, during Covid!

    Over $18 billion in reserves, 3/4 based on sages tax and revenues from state, not fed monies.

    Florida Dumtards are running to the water, you gots nothing to stand and run on!

    America’s Gov, Gov and rising tide for all!
    Equality and opportunity for all.
    Gov Ron, do for America, what you’ve done for Florida!

  • Impeach Biden

    October 21, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    DeSantis > Jesus Christ

  • Phil Morton

    October 23, 2022 at 4:32 am

    California unemployment is at a record low lead by San Francisco. Gavin Newsom doing a better job than Ron DeSantis or maybe just maybe it has something to do with Joe Biden and its a nationwide phenomenon. San Francisco’s unemployment is lower than Florida’s. Just sayin’!

    • MAC

      October 24, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      So one city, San Francisco (2.3%) unemployment is doing better than the entire state which has an unemployment rate of 3.9%. How is Newsome doing a better job than the entire state of FL (DeSantis)?

      • marylou

        October 24, 2022 at 8:31 pm

        Why are you so concerned about a small difference in the low, low unemployment rate in the US and Florida??

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