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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

Do Rick Scott's Jobs Numbers Add Up?

Meredyth Hope Hall
The Office of Governor Rick Scott

When he campaigned for governor in 2010, Rick Scott pledged to create 700,000 new jobs if he won.

As Scott seeks re-election in 2014, he’s already touting his jobs record and falling unemployment. 

This week though, a joint investigative series in the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald takes issue with the governor’s jobs claims.

According to the report, more than 300 job creation deals involving tax breaks engineered by Governor Scott have yielded only a fraction of the jobs promised.

For his part, Scott is strongly disputing the newspaper’s reports saying he’s proud of his record.

We took a closer look at the state of economic growth in Florida with Matt Corrigan, professor of political science at the University of North Florida and Jerry Mallot, past president of the JAX Chamber.

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First Coast Connect: UNF political science professor Matt Corrigan and JAX Chamber's Jerry Mallot
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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.