With our unemployment rate below the national average and more private sector jobs being created every month, Floridians across the state are enjoying the benefits of our recent economic turnaround. Thanks in part to the hard work of our public servants, Florida’s economic success is joined by safer communities, a growing tourism industry, and the lowest unemployment rate since August 2008 at 6.7 percent.
Last month we announced that crime in Florida during the first six months of 2013 dropped 5.2 percent compared to the first six months of 2012. With these numbers, Florida is continuing on the path to reaching a 43 year crime low. Florida’s success in reaching these historic lows would not be possible without the bravery and hard work of Florida’s law enforcement officials and public servants. Thanks to their commitment to keeping our homes and communities safe, Florida continues to be a great place to work, live and a raise a family.
We also recently announced that according to VISIT FLORIDA’s preliminary estimates, Florida reached another record quarter for tourism. From July through September, 22.9 million visitors came to Florida, which is the largest third quarter visitation in Florida’s history.
The success of Florida’s economic turnaround is reflected in our dropping crime statistics and rising tourism. With the help of Florida’s public servants, we will continue to work until every family has the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream in the Sunshine State. It’s working in Florida.