TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State economists are forecasting Florida will gain about a million new jobs over the next seven years even if nothing more is done to stimulate employment growth.
That's 300,000 more jobs than Governor-elect Rick Scott promised in an election campaign that featured the slogan "Let's get to work."
The economists from the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Crist's office met Monday to update their economic forecast for the state. It will serve as the basis for a general revenue estimate due next month for use in Scott's first budget request to lawmakers early next year.
While the long-term outlook calls for solid job growth, Florida's unemployment rate is expected to remain high - about 11.8 percent - for the next six months.