Published: Sep 19, 2011 6:23 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott told the Florida Chamber of Commerce in Orlando that his agenda of trimming government costs and regulations is working.
    
The governor's remarks came Monday, during a three-day gathering of the chamber.
    
While the state lost 15,600 public sector jobs between January and August, Scott says Florida gained about 87,200 private sector jobs.
    
The governor added that Florida is running on a budget surplus, which he attributes to tough decision-making during his first five months in office.
    
With Republican presidential candidates set to gather in Orlando this week, Scott joked about being competitive with Texas Gov. Rick Perry when it comes to jobs creation.
    
He says Florida is not that far behind Texas in creating jobs and declared the state is "heading in the right direction."

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