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Since The Beginning Of The Recession, Four Out of Five Jobs In America's Large Metropolitan Areas Were Created In Texas.
Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 963 -- Texas Job Domination Since November 2007-
The latest data continue to demonstrate Texas' job domination since the beginning of the last recession in November of 2007:
Leading the way are two Texas markets -- Houston and Austin.
I highly recommend looking at the larger version. That's really how it was meant to be viewed. Just click the image or click here.
FACT: Only 14 of America's 102 "major" metro areas have added jobs since November 2007.
FACT: Texas' major metros together have added four out of five of all the new jobs created in America's major metros since November 2007.
FACT: All 6 of Texas’ major metros are among the nation's top 8.
FACT: Texas' 6 major metros added four times more jobs than the other eight job-adding metros combined.
FACT: Texas' major metros have added four out of five (80.09%) of the new jobs created in America's major metros since November 2007.
Of course, if you want to quibble or qualify these numbers, you might say that these are "net" jobs or that it isn't fair to only look at cities that added jobs. Well, if you take into account all the cities that are still net job negative, Texas' story looks even more remarkable.
Another quibble might be that these numbers completely disregard small towns. That would be a pretty good quibble, but that's simply not what we're looking at here and now. America does indeed have a lot of small and medium towns and cities, mostly in flyover country, that have collectively added an enormous number of jobs. One small/medium city, Midland, Texas, for example, has an unemployment rate of 3.0%. Then there's Abilene, at 4.6%, Amarillo, at 4.1%, Lubbock, at 4.6%, or San Angelo, at 4.5%.
After all of that quibbling is finished, someone will throw the "yeah, but they're all _________ jobs."
That blank is usually filled with "oil and gas," "low wage," or "government." All three explanations are erroneous.
Yes, Texas has undeniably benefited from oil and gas exploration, but oil and gas as a percentage of Texas' Gross State Product has declined dramatically over the years as the economy has diversified, and only a small fraction of new jobs in Texas are oil and gas jobs. Moreover, states like California are sitting on enormous oil and gas reserves, they just have all too often chosen not to allow drilling. Indeed, with advances in technology, there's hardly a state in the nation without the ability to drill, baby, drill for shale gas. Arguing that "they're all oil and gas jobs in lucky oil-under-the-ground Texas; we don't have access to those kinds of jobs here in our struggling state" is simply not supported by any sort of fact-based analysis of reality.
The next "blank" people usually falsely fill is the notion that Texas' jobs are all low wage. Wrong.
And some people in the 2012 GOP primary argued that they're all or mostly government or federal stimulus-related jobs. Well, no. Only 4% of Texas' new jobs in the past year, for example, were government jobs. Texas is a longtime net donor state, and it received the second lowest per capita level of stimulus dollars of all the states. And Texas routinely turns down hundreds of millions or even billions of "free" federal dollars.
So if it's not just a bunch of oil and gas jobs, low wage jobs, or government jobs (...which, by the way, are mutually exclusive-- have you ever heard of a low wage oil and gas job? Come on.), what is it about Texas?
It's our relatively low tax climate. It's our tort reform. It's because our political leaders have been fiscally responsibility and fostered a predictable and reasonable regulatory climate over more than a decade now. It's because we're a right to work state. It's a lot of things. If you're landing here for the first time, click through the archives, because I've covered a lot of these over the years.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Added Jobs Across All Income Levels.
Posted by Will Franklin · 16 January 2013 01:51 PM