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Campaign Seeks to Give Jobs to Florida Grads

May 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

In his quest to connect talented, ambitious college graduates in Florida with a widening state job market, Gov. Rick Scott has launched a new initiative -- a campaign he calls Hiring Florida Graduates, and a website,

The website, launched under the auspices of Workforce Florida Inc., the Department of Economic Opportunity and regional workforce boards around the state, recognizes getting a job can be tough in today's economy, especially for new graduates.

While it's true, Floridas statewide unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.2 percent, lowest since September 2008 and now lower than the national jobless rate of 7.5 percent, even an improving job market can be a tough door to open for a new college grad.

Recent grads can log on to the site, create a free profile based on what college they attended, what their major was, and what kind of jobs theyre interested in. The website then matches them with several employers who are looking to hire. Website members can expand their profile by adding a resume and work experience.

Employers can also sign up on an associated website,, to post job listings andfind new employees.

We must do all we can to help college students find great jobs when they graduate, said Scott in a written announcement. Our workforce system is partnering with colleges and universities in the Hiring Florida Graduates campaign to better serve graduating college students by connecting them to job prospects and career training opportunities.

With Floridas economy improving, we must retain highly skilled and educated talent to better position businesses, large and small, throughout our state to compete globally, explained Chris Hart IV, president/CEO of Workforce Florida. Hire Florida Grads underscores the commitment of our nationally recognized workforce system to link Floridians seeking jobs with businesses ready to hire.

Any recent college grad can sign up for the website until June 9 at Employers interested in hiring them can sign up at to post job listings for new positions.

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