Still, it's a long staircase out of the basement -- the state's most recent preliminary estimate of 9.9 percent unemployment is still 16.5 percent above the national average, tied for sixth-worst in the country.
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The study found 10 percent of major state programs still do not require companies to report to agencies on job creation, and many more fail to adequately monitor recipients. Florida tied for 14th overall, rating a "C" grade. It found Florida had stronger underlying standards than many states but relatively weak enforcement. ...
An analysis last fall by the Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau noted that Florida had signed contracts worth $1.7 billion since 1995 in return for promises of 225,000 new jobs. But only about one-third of those jobs had been filled, the analysis found, while the state has paid out 43 percent of the contracts.