FORT MYERS, FL--Big drops in the state's unemployment rate are translating directly to jobs in southwest Florida. Governor Scott says 200,000 new jobs have come to Florida since he took office and job seekers we met today say the market is a lot better.
Andria Darian was unemployed a couple years ago and was able to find a new job in case management, but is now looking to get back in to psychology.
"I would rather be doing something in my field according to my training," said Darian.
Darian says she's feeling optimistic after Governor Rick Scott said today that Florida's unemployment drop was the second biggest in the country.
"Our economy has created around 200,000 new private sector jobs in the last two years," said Governor Scot (R).
Here in southwest Florida, unemployment is now down to 7.5%, close to the national average, after showing major signs of growth last December.
Compare that to December of 2010, two years ago, when the rate had jumped to 10.8%.
"Businesses are hiring again and the projection for businesses for hiring is very positive now," said Barbara Hartman from Southwest Florida Works.
Businesses like the brand new Market Earth store in downtown Fort Myers.
"Everything we sell here is hand made, fair trade, re-cycled," said store owner Karen Allegretti.
Allegretti moved from Chicago and opened Market Earth just five days ago and today she hired her first employee.
"It only took me five days to learn you cant be a one man band," she said.
Governor Scott also said Florida will be the number one place for job creation and Allegretti says creating her own jobs has been anything but difficult.
"I was expecting more road blocks coming along the way," said Allegretti.
Right now the retail, hospitality and transportation industries are doing a lot of hiring in our area.
Southwest Florida Works also says the inventory industry, managing warehouses and products for companies, will soon take off here.