TALLAHASSEE — For the first time since taking office three months ago, Gov. Rick Scott is holding a news conference to personally announce Florida's monthly unemployment rate.
That's a likely indication he expects good news on Friday.
The Agency for Workforce Innovation usually just issues a news release to announce the rates followed by a call-in news conference with its economist.
Florida's unemployment rate hovered around 12 percent throughout 2010. It began showing signs of improvement during the first two months of this year, dropping to 11.5 percent in February.
The state added 22,700 jobs in February, but nearly 1.1 million Floridians still were out of work.
The Republican governor last year campaigned on a jobs platform. Scott promised to create 700,000 jobs in seven years.