Three years after Florida restored work requirements, the state’s economy is at unprecedented heights. Unemployment has dropped to 3.3 percent, a near-record low. More than 9.9 million people are now working in the state, shattering previous record highs. And Florida employers are looking to fill more than one million job openings for each of the next several years.
Florida’s commonsense welfare reform is helping boost the state’s economy, providing new workers for businesses that desperately need them, freeing up limited resources for truly needy Floridians, and creating new taxpayers.
All the while, the Sunshine State is disproving age-old myths that able-bodied welfare enrollees are incapable of working, incapable of keeping jobs, and incapable of moving up the ladder. In reality, able-bodied adults on welfare have significant potential to excel in the workforce, as Florida has shown. They just need to be given the chance.