TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida beat out Georgia, New York, Tennessee and several other states in a competition for some new jobs.
By the end of 2012, Time Warner, a major media conglomerate, will begin hiring 500 Floridians to work at a new employee services office in the Tampa area.
Time Warner's CFO John Martin says they chose Florida because of its low cost workforce and constant wooing by Governor Rick Scott. "We were working with the governor's team and they were very encouraging and very good to work with."
The announcement brings Scott closer to his target of 700-thousand jobs in seven years. "We are doing this day in and day out and we'll have hopefully a lot more announcements like this."
But while the private sector is growing, Florida's public sector is shrinking
Florida has lost more than 16-thousand government jobs this year. That's one reason the unemployment rate remains stagnant even as the private sector grows.
For three months the state's unemployment rate has remained at 10.7 percent. Florida is adding almost 10-thousand jobs a month, but Democrats say the attacks on public sector jobs are keeping the state down.
"There seems to be some idea in this legislature and this administration that public sector jobs are bad, and I couldn't disagree more," said Democratic State Sen. Nan Rich.
Another reason the unemployment rate remains flat is because, as the economy improves, people who had stopped looking for work reenter the job market and that adds to the unemployment count.
The jobs will be created at Time Warner's new Shared Services office. The salaries will average about 50-thousand dollars each and duties will range from payroll to human resources.
The company will receive $3 million in state and local incentives.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.