Buy WILLisms

XML Feed
rss-icon.gif Feedburner RSS
WILLisms.com on Twitter

Featured Entries

The Babe Theory Of Political Movements.
Mar. 21, 2005 11:50 AM

Iran's Sham Election In Houston.
June 20, 2005 5:36 AM

Yes, Kanye, Bush Does Care.
Oct. 31, 2005 12:41 AM

Health Care vs. Wealth Care.
Nov. 23, 2005 3:28 PM

Americans Voting With Their Feet.
Nov. 30, 2005 1:33 PM

Idea Majorities Do Matter.
May 12, 2006 6:15 PM

Twilight Zone Economics.
Oct. 17, 2006 12:30 AM

The "Shrinking" Middle Class.
Dec. 13, 2006 1:01 PM

From Ashes, GOP Opportunities.
Dec. 18, 2006 6:37 PM

Battle Between Entitlements & Pork.
Dec. 21, 2006 12:31 PM

Let Economic Freedom Reign.
Dec. 22, 2006 10:22 PM

Biggest Health Care Moment In Decades.
July 25, 2007 4:32 PM

Unions Antithetical to Liberty.
May 28, 2008 11:12 PM

Right To Work States Rock.
June 9, 2008 12:25 PM



Ace of Spades
Protein Wisdom
Urban Grounds



January 2013
December 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011
November 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004

Social Security Reform Thursday.
January 29, 2008

Caption Contest Archive
Jan. 21, 2009

The Carnival Of Classiness.
Mar. 14, 2006

Quotational Therapy: Obama.
Apr. 4, 2008

Mainstream Melee: Wolfowitz.
May 19, 2007

Pundit Roundtable: Leaks.
July 9, 2006

A WILLisms.com(ic), by Ken McCracken
July 14, 2006


Powered by Movable Type 3.17
Site Design by Sekimori

WILLisms.com January 2009 Book of the Month (certified classy):

The WILLisms.com Gift Shop: Support This Site


This Week's Carnival of Revolutions: carnivalbutton.gif

Carnival Home Base: homebase.gif

Site Meter


« Texas Has Added Jobs Across All Income Levels. | WILLisms.com | Second Amendment Facts. »

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.

Houston topped the nation by adding 121,600 private-sector jobs between November 2007 (one month before the recession began) and November 2012 (the latest month for which official figures are available). Austin was second with a raw gain of 45,800 positions.

The two areas flip-flopped when the rankings were recalculated by percentages. Austin finished No. 1 with five-year job growth of 7.5 percent. Houston was next at 5.5 percent.

click for larger version

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.

rss-icon.gif twitter-icon.gif facebook-icon.gif

Posted by Will Franklin · 16 January 2013 01:51 PM