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Rick Perry's Amazing Texas Jobs Record.

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 948 -- Jobs, Jobs, Jobs-

This year (2011) so far, Texas is more than doubling the rest of the nation, in terms of job growth:

...through October 2011, year-to-date annualized Texas job growth was 2.1 percent, compared with a U.S. rate of 1.2 percent. Without the Texas gains, U.S. employment would have expanded 1.0 percent.

Let's look at some other time periods.


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Since Perry became Texas Governor in December of 2000, Texas has added 1,078,600 net new jobs, while the other forty-nine states have lost 2,190,100 net jobs (1,111,500 lost net lost jobs, nationally). Looking at only the job-adding states over that time, 2,392,900 new jobs were created. 1,078,600 is 45.08% of 2,392,900.

In other words, since Perry has been Governor, Texas has added more than 45% of the entire nation's net new jobs among job-adding states. Keep in mind that Texas has about 8.1% of the nation's population. You could also say that Texas, during Rick Perry's tenure as Governor, has added more jobs than the other 49 states combined.

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Now, let's look at the past half-decade. Five years, from October 2006 to October 2011. Over that time, Texas has added 463,800 jobs. The nation as a whole lost 4,790,600 jobs. Remove Texas, and the rest of the nation lost 5,254,400 jobs over the past five years. Looking at just the job-adding states over the past five years, those ten states plus DC added 676,400 total net new jobs.

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So, over the past half decade, Texas added 68.57% of all new jobs in America, among states with job gains. Texas also-- obviously-- added more new jobs than all other 49 states combined over this five year time frame.

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Since Obama has been in office, Texas has added 92,300 net new jobs. The nation has lost 2,108,600 jobs, and the nation minus Texas has lost even more-- 2,200,900 jobs. The nation's job-adding states have added 155,200 net new jobs over that time.

In other words, under Barack Obama's time in office, Rick Perry's Texas has added more new jobs than the other 49 states combined, and Texas is home to 59.47% of all the new jobs among job-adding states in America.

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There's also the official beginning of the most recent recession (began December 2007 and officially ended June 2009).



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Texas added 58.38% of the nation's new jobs among job-adding states since the beginning of the recession. Plus, more jobs than all other 49 states combined.

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These are all net, non-farm, seasonally-adjusted jobs in these comparisons. Public and private sector jobs are both included. The data has been culled from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Over the past year, Texas has added tons of private sector jobs while shedding government jobs:

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A lot of ways to slice this. And when you look at only private sector jobs, Texas fares even better, relative to the rest of the nation.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Domestic Migration.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 24 November 2011 07:20 AM · Comments (1)

Americans Voting With Their Feet.

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 947 -- Domestic Migration-

Let's compare domestic migration patterns from some major counties in America, courtesy of a really, really cool interactive tool from Forbes.

First, your big blue cities.

Los Angeles, California:


Massive out-migration from sunny Southern California, especially to states like Utah, Arizona, and Texas.

Detroit, Michigan:


Same story. Outward migration, mostly to Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

Chicago, Illinois:


Barack Obama's Chicago. Sending people outward, particularly to Texas.

Then there's Texas cities. Let's just take Fort Worth, America's largest Republican city. Plus Austin. And San Antonio.

Fort Worth, Texas:


Massive gains from all over, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, and elsewhere. People moving to Texas for jobs, prosperity, opportunity, and freedom.

Austin, Texas:


Again, massive gains from all over the nation.

San Antonio, Texas:


San Antonio is an interesting situation, with a large military population. Once people leave the military, they generally tend to go home, as indicated by the reddish-orange lines, but San Antonio is also a magnet for Americans from all over the country. While you weren't looking, San Antonio passed Dallas to become the second largest city in Texas.

The result of all of this domestic migration?

Texas is adding four new Congressional seats:


Michigan and Illinois are losing one seat each. New York is losing two seats. California is not gaining a seat for the first time since it became a state.

Texas for the win.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Compared to the rest of the U.S., Texas is a jobs juggernaut.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 21 November 2011 11:33 AM · Comments (3)

Texas Adding Private Sector Jobs

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 946 -- Texas Owns It On Jobs-

New data from the Texas Workforce Commission this morning (.pdf):

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Texas' unemployment rate fell this month after adding 2,500 net jobs in October 2011 (adding 13,500 private sector jobs and shedding 11,000 government jobs). Texas has shed 54,600 government jobs since October 2010, while adding 286,200 private sector jobs. The net result of that, obviously, is 231,600 total net new jobs over the past year.

Mining and Logging (includes oil and gas related jobs): 43,300
Construction: 17,500
Manufacturing: 18,000
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities: 53,900
Information: -7,300
Financial Activities: 12,700
Professional and Business Services: 59,000
Education and Health Services: 41,300
Leisure and Hospitality: 35,600
Other Services: 12,200
Government: -54,600


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Busting False Memes About Texas Jobs.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 18 November 2011 11:20 AM · Comments (0)

Debunking Falsehoods About Texas Jobs: 40% of Texas Jobs Did Not Go to Recent Illegal Immigrants.

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 945 -- Not Even Mathematically Possible-

A central conclusion of a recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies falsely claims that “40 percent of all the job growth in Texas since 2007 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants” (.pdf).

This finding is-- quite simply-- false. The numbers don’t add up.

Since January of 2007, Texas has created 384,700 net new jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Forty percent of 384,700 jobs is 153,880 jobs.

The Department of Homeland Security data (.pdf) cited in the false study estimates that 60,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in Texas since 2007.

So if Texas created 384,700 jobs since 2007 and 40 percent of that is 153,880 – the false study claims that 60,000 illegal immigrants arrived in Texas since 2007 – then the study’s conclusion must be false and numerically impossible.

The data, laid out in graphic form:


Even if you assume every single newly arrived illegal immigrant took one of the 384,700 new jobs in Texas (a silly notion in and of itself), that's still only 15.6%.

Moreover, let's look at the six cities that added jobs since 2007. Five of them are in Texas:


Indeed, and over the past five years, Texas has added three times more private sector jobs than all other states combined:


Even if 40% of Texas' jobs had gone to illegals (again, not a true statement), Texas still would have added nearly as many net new jobs just for citizens as all other states combined.

Next, let's take note of U.S. domestic in-migration (Americans moving from one state to another), which has also boosted Texas' population:

Texas added more than 125,000 domestic migrants annually from 2007-2009.

Former California assemblyman Chuck DeVore, now with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, had another analysis of how the numbers from the Center for Immigration Studies make no sense (.pdf).

Has immigration been a net plus for Texas in employment? Probably so. Have 40% of the new jobs in Texas been claimed by new illegal immigrants? No. That's just stupid.

Attacking the Texas jobs story from this angle is asinine.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Leads Nation In Exports.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 9 November 2011 08:27 AM · Comments (0)

Texas Has Led America In Exports For Nine Straight Years

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 944 -- Texas Exports Beat National Levels Under Rick Perry-

Let's talk about exports.
Texas has led the nation in exports to foreign countries for nine straight years. Think about that for a moment.
Texas has around 25 million people. California has more than 37 million people. Yet, Texas is America's top exporting state, by a fairly big and growing margin.

TEXAS has roughly 8.1% of America's population, but accounts for 16.2% of U.S. exports (up from 14.7% in 2007).
CALIFORNIA, with about 12.1% of America's population, accounts for 11.2% of U.S. exports (down from 11.7% in 2007).

TEXAS EXPORT/POPULATION RATIO: 2.00 (overperform by double)

Again, think about that. Texas and California both have natural resources. Both are located on coasts.Both touch Mexico. Both have agriculture, oil and gas under the ground and offshore, computer chips, financial services, tourism, aerospace industry, manufacturing, etcetera, etcetera. California has nicer weather and scenery, fewer natural disasters, and touches the Pacific Ocean (which means it's closer to growing markets in Australia and Asia). Yet, Texas is growing faster, exporting more goods and services, adding more jobs, and gaining more Electoral College votes. Texas is busy dethroning California as America's shining city on a hill. America's America.

From the Dallas Fed, a look at Texas exports versus American exports:


More details on Texas' exports:

Texas' exports in 2010 totaled more than $206.6 billion, up 26.7 percent from $162.9 billion in 2009, outperforming overall U.S. exports, which grew by 20.9 percent in 2010. The state's top export recipients were Mexico, Canada, China, Brazil and South Korea, which respectively imported $72.3 billion, $18.6 billion, $10.2 billion, $7.1 billion and $6.4 billion in Texas-manufactured goods. Additionally, Texas' top exporting industries in 2010 were computers and electronics, chemicals, petroleum and coal, machinery, and transportation equipment.

RELATED: Texas Enjoys an Export Boom:

"Just this past week, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced that in its preliminary Fiscal Year 2011 (FY’11) figures, more than $512 million in export credit was authorized for Texas small businesses, making Texas the top state in the country for all Ex-Im small business financing."

These outcomes didn't happen in a vacuum. They weren't some accident, fated to happen no matter what.
Ideas matter. Records matter. Policy choices matter. The Texas success story under Rick Perry absolutely matters.

NOTE: I also posted this in today's Perry Almanac email. Sign up here. Lots of info and data and the latest goings-on.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Jobs.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 8 November 2011 11:45 AM · Comments (0)