Florida households that qualify as working poor


Counties in Florida that have lost jobs since 2007


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.


The collective economy of the state is under performing compared to the national economy and other states. But what’s really shocking is that there are so many counties that have been completely left behind since the recession.

Kevin Greiner, Research Fellow at Florida International University

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)


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.

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. 


Baker (the state's top legislative economist) told the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee that even with the state’s low unemployment rate, 36 of the state’s 67 counties have lost jobs since 2007. Most of those counties were in rural areas of the state.

– Politico, 12/19/2017

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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