In December, we learned that the state has added more than 715,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010 as of November. The state’s unemployment rate in November was down to 5.8 percent, job openings reached an all-time high, and the labor force continues to grow. Florida’s economy is resurgent and I look forward to these trends continuing in 2015 as we continue to implement pro-growth, business-friendly policies.
While there is much to be proud of, there is still much work to be done. We must continue to promote sound policy and pursue growth opportunities. Governor Scott, the Department of Economic Opportunity, and all of our state and regional partners are committed to ensuring our state’s economy continues to improve for Florida’s families.
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Department of Economic Opportunity
Jesse Panuccio joined the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) as Executive Director on January 8, 2013. Prior to joining DEO, he served as the General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott, where he managed the legal affairs and staff of the Governor’s office, helped direct and coordinate litigation and legal policy across state agencies, advised the Governor on over eighty judicial nominations, and served as the Governor’s chief ethics officer.
Before joining the Scott administration, Panuccio practiced law with the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Cooper & Kirk PLLC, where he focused on complex federal and constitutional cases in both trial and appellate courts.
Panuccio received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Duke University.