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Florida households that qualify as working poor

 
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Counties in Florida that have lost jobs since 2007

 
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Job growth since 2007, compared to 3% nationally

 

36 Counties Left Behind

Rick Scott’s claims that Florida’s economy has “completely” turned around is deeply out of touch with reality for most Florida families. Despite the official end of the recession and a recovery that was underway well over a year before Scott took office, Florida is still struggling to recover behind other states and is well behind other states and the rest of the country under Scott’s direction seven years after he took office.

A majority of Florida’s counties, especially those in rural areas, are actually worse off today than they were before the recession hit. Nearly half of Florida households (45 percent) qualify as working poor and struggle to afford even basic necessities like healthcare, transportation and housing despite being employed.

36 of Florida's 67 counties have lost jobs since 2007 (data via Florida Chamber Foundation)

36 of Florida's 67 counties have lost jobs since 2007 (data via Florida Chamber Foundation)

Meanwhile, as governor Rick Scott has spent his time and state resources slashing and underfunding public education, refusing to expand Medicaid for as many as 1 million Floridians, and setting up corporate slush funds that divert millions in taxpayer dollars to the same wealthy corporations who help fund Scott’s campaigns. 



Tell Rick Scott to stop prioritizing policies that help his wealthy campaign donors, and start prioritizing policies that help working and middle-income Floridians.

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