Jobs Growing In Gainesville
GAINESVILLE - Its still may not be easy for many people to get a job but in Florida, its getting a little easier. Governor Rick Scott, who campaigned on the promise of bringing hundreds of thousands of jobs to Florida, chose Gainesville to announce the latest unemployment figures.
Governor Scott says, "We just learned that 3,500 new private sector jobs were created in September and Florida's unemployment rate has now dropped to 8.7 percent." A year ago the unemployment rate in Florida was 10.4 percent, it is now 1.7 lower than that. The governor says Florida's unemployment rate has declined because of homegrown start-up companies like Prioria Robotics. A young engineering company he hopes will help bring even more jobs to Gainesville. Prioria was founded by University of Florida graduates. The company is dedicated to making remote control planes smarter for commercial and military use.
Today Governor Scott toured the new headquarters site along with other public figures such as Mayor Craig Lowe. Lowe says, "It's great to see Prioria start here, grow here and want to contribute to our community in the way that they're doing. I think it's very diplomatic of what Gainesville has to offer to businesses that seek a community that values the high quality of life."
With some funding from the state, Prioria has hired ten people in the past year and 40 new jobs are on the way within the next 3 years. Scott says, "People probably in Gainesville realize the importance of UF and it's reputation, I think people around the state and the country are learning that more and more."
While not everyone can secure a job right out of college, Daniel Rodriguez who moved to Florida at the age of 4 from Puerto Rico, did. He is now the company's software manager. Rodriguez worked his way up as an intern and suggests the same for other students who may be close to graduation. "Get involved, to get some experience out of the classroom. Get involved with the various student organizations; I did a lot of robotics... You get to do a lot of hands on engineering and that just led the way to internships and once you have an internship you can prove your worth-so you'll get a job," Rodriguez says.
Governor Scott praised the company for its involvement in the community leading to new jobs and millions of dollars in capital investment. He hopes to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018.
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