Gov. Rick Scott shares a laugh with his wife Ann as they return from a trade mission to France.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott describes his weeklong trade mission to France as a great trip.
The governor returned to Tallahassee Friday afternoon after leading a delegation of about 80 companies to the International Paris Air Show.
During the mission two companies, Vision Systems and ATR North America, announced plans to create jobs in Florida.
"We had two announcements for jobs," said Scott. "Vision Systems, a French company, is going to go into the Space Coast. That's 40 jobs. We beat out Texas, Georgia and North Carolina for that so that was a great announcement. ATR announced they're moving up to 40 jobs from Virginia to Florida."
Scott reveled in a string of good news for Florida on Friday.
It was a chance to smile about new jobs coming to Florida, a dropping unemployment rate and an NBA championship for the Miami Heat.
Scott offered his congratulations to the Heat and savored a win in his ongoing, friendly competition with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on just about everything.
"It's great that they beat the Spurs, especially even nicer that they beat a Texas team. I haven't talked with Gov. Perry yet, but I'm going to make sure he knows how that score came out."
A new report released Friday showed Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in May, the lowest level in nearly five years.
The jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a point from April. It's down four points since December 2010.
Industries gaining the most jobs include trade and transportation, business services, hospitality and construction.
However, Tampa and Jacksonville both posted slightly higher jobless rates in May.
In Tampa, the rate increased two-tenths of a point to 6.9 percent and in Jacksonville, it ticked up one-tenth of a point to 6.5 percent.
The national unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.
Scott also returned home to better poll numbers. The latest poll from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute shows his approval and favorability ratings are at their highest levels since he took office in January 2011.
Plus, he's gaining ground on Democrat Charlie Crist in a hypothetical, at this point, race for governor.
Scott was asked about his improving poll numbers.
"What I'm focused on is gaining ground on jobs. What I feel good about is the fact that the unemployment rate is coming down, down to 7.1 percent, 330,000 private sector jobs and that's what I'm going to continue to focus on every day."