Report: Stimulus created 29,322 jobs in Florida

Mon, Nov 2, 2009

The Gainesville Sun/

The Associated Press

Published: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:21 p.m.

Last Modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:21 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal economic recovery program so far officially has created or saved 29,322 jobs in Florida, but the state's "stimulus czar" Friday said number of people it has employed is much bigger.

The state figure released by federal officials is 4.5 percent of the 650,000 jobs attributed to the stimulus program nationally, although Florida has 6.5 percent of the nation's population.

The numbers reflect full-time equivalent jobs for the calendar quarter ending Sept. 30.

Gov. Charlie Crist's stimulus adviser, Don Winstead, said the state also counts 23,944 of Florida's full-time equivalents, including public school teachers, and jobs resulting from federal programs such as construction on military bases.

The state figure represents 47,069 actual people because many of them didn't begin their stimulus-paid jobs until after the quarter began, Winstead said.

"A lot of the difference just depends on when awards were implemented and when the jobs were created," Winstead said.

He cited the example of a worker hired in the middle of September. That person would have worked only two weeks, or 80 hours, out of a 520-hour quarter and so would have been reported as just 0.15 full-time equivalent.

The reporting also covers only jobs directly created or saved by the stimulus program. State economists estimate the number grows to 64,300 when indirect jobs are added, Winstead said.

Most of the jobs created and saved have been in the state's public school system.

The Department of Education reported 19,553.24 full-time equivalent jobs held by 31,604 actual teachers and other school employees, Winstead said.

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