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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 894 -- Was 2010 Bigger Than 1994, Really? | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 896 -- The 2010 Election In Perspective. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 895 -- Texas Versus California On High Wage Job Growth.

Texas Leads-

Not to rehash the entire Texas Governor's race, but one of liberal trial lawyer Bill White's main stump speech points was that Texas leads in minimum wage jobs but not high paying jobs. Maybe the statement was marginally, technically true. Who knows. Texas does have a lot of minimum wage jobs. That's not really a controversial statement to make. But, on Bill White's claim that Texas wasn't creating higher wage jobs, the evidence really says otherwise:

Critically, as Texas grew its middle-income jobs by 16%, one of the highest rates in the nation, California, at 2.1% growth, ranked near the bottom.
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It is often difficult to quantify what it means when politicians talk about "good jobs," but jobs requiring science, technology, engineering, and math skills are growing much faster in Texas than in California or the rest of the nation:

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Over the past decade California’s supposed bulwark grew a mere 2%–less than half the national rate. In contrast, Texas’ tech-related employment surged 14%. Since 2002 the Lone Star state added 80,000 STEM jobs; California, a mere 17,000.

And, courtesy of Texanomics, we know that Texas' private-sector wage growth dwarfed all other states:

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Again, not to re-run the 2010 campaign, but Texans didn't buy Bill White's schtick, and they didn't need a partisan team of political operatives masquerading as an objective fact-checking organization to tell them that nearly all of his claims aimed at tearing down the Texas success story were misleading at best and entirely bogus at worst.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Was 2010 Bigger Than 1994, Really?

Posted by Will Franklin · 17 November 2010 04:00 PM

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