Scott seeks help for laid off Fla. airline workers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott, who has made job creation his top priority, says layoffs of Florida airline and wind turbine workers are disappointing.
Scott said Wednesday that he has asked state and local economic development and employment agencies to help find new jobs for laid off workers.
American Airlines on Tuesday announced it plans to let about 4,400 employees go nationally including more than 1,400 in South Florida.
Siemens Energy Inc., meanwhile, said it will lay off 615 wind turbine workers in three states including about 60 at its Orlando headquarters.
One reason Siemens cited for its cutback is the failure of Congress so far to renew a tax credit for wind energy.
Scott said he didn't have a position on that issue but wanted get more information about it.
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