So how many jobs for his citizens did Charlie Crist get for hugging Preisdent Obama? Well, so far, just 1635. Which doesn't go far in erasing the 11% unemployment in the state, but only represents a tiny poriton of stimulus funds.
The new jobs reported Thursday come from a small slice of a sliver of the $787 billion stimulus program: the roughly $16 billion worth of stimulus contracts that were awarded directly by federal agencies, of which about $2.2 billion has been spent so far.
That $2.2 billion created 30,383 nationwide. The Times criticizes the programing for missing the opportunity to create jobs in states hit harder by unemployment, but Florida does relatively well, more than most states who's Govs didn't embrace Obama. Only three other states have had more jobs created so far.
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