Texas job growth outpaces rest of U.S. combined.

The Washington Examiner has the details:

Since the recession began in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. Only 700,000 net jobs have been created in the other 49 states combined.

The remarkable employment growth in Texas looks even bigger considering its size relative to the rest of the U.S. Total non-farm employment has grown by 11.5 percent in Texas since December 2007. Employment in the rest of the United States has grown only 0.6 percent. Until September 2014, total employment growth in the rest of the United States since December 2007 was still negative.

Only North Dakota has outpaced Texas on percent job growth, thanks to jobs created by the fracking revolution. California, Texas’ biggest economic rival, has created 985,600 fewer net jobs during the same period. California’s 1.5 percent job growth is ten percentage points lower than Texas’ percent job growth. [Emphasis added by editor]

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Regulations have consequences, and we are seeing the results. In the past California led the recovery from US recessions. Now Texas is the leader, due to the pro business climate in Texas and the negative business climate in California. And did I mention, Texas is fracking old oil fields and increasing production, while the environmental wackos keep California’s oil and gas locked on the ground. AB32 is forcing energy prices to soar, while they are falling in Texas and the result is more job growth in Texas and less in California. Duh!

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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7 Responses to Texas job growth outpaces rest of U.S. combined.

  1. Todd Juvinall says:

    Funny how many people move here, like Pelline, for the laid back quaintness we have and then want to “urbanize” the place. All one needs to do to see the problem is go to a public hearing on almost any proposed project here. The Pelline’s turn out and do their best to defeat them. They also have placed every restriction known to man into the General Plans of ll the jurisdictions. No wonder we cannot attract employers.

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    • Russ Steele says:

      Nevada County’s decline was built in to the General Plan at the last major update in the 1990s. I wrote then, that governments would rue the day in the future if the plan was approved, and the Rural Quality Coalition was allowed to write the implementing regulations. No one wanted to listen. Now we are living with the results.

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  2. Russ Steele says:

    Jeff Pelline is promoting Oakland in a blog post this morning, suggesting we can learn something from the bay area folks. He closes with:

    Our regions have much to learn from each other. We also need to work harder to keep our young people in our community, but that’s going to require some fresh ideas.

    I have a fresh idea, lets prepare our young people so they can find and hold a job. Forty eight (48%) percent of high school graduates need remedial instruction before they can enter Sierra College. The high schools exit exam only requires a C grade on 8th grade level material. We must do better if we want to keep young people in our community. Companies move to communities with a surplus of trained workers. According to the statistics the high school is producing double dummies, not candidates for a trained work force.

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    • fish says:

      Our regions have much to learn from each other. We also need to work harder to keep our young people in our community, but that’s going to require some fresh ideas.

      Other than the patented “Bold, Declarative Sentence” that jeffy uses to end his missives does anybody have an idea what the Sierra Foothills region can “learn” from Oakland? Import an army of Twitter coders to Grass Valley so they can spill over to Nevada City thereby driving up property values and spurring the need for services to cater to their needs?

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      • Russ Steele says:

        I am aways puzzled by the call for more jobs for young people by Jeff, but there is never any suggestions how to accomplish that feat. It is never the left’s job to make it happen, they are only responsible for identifying the need. Let some one else solve it.

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      • fish says:

        Has anyone made him aware that he lives in what is essentially a retirement community. Are your neighbors clamoring for the noise, congestion and traffic associated with “industry”?

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    • Russ Steele says:

      HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: In 2014, only 39.1 percent of students who had entered community colleges six years before had completed a degree or certificate. And it’s not for lack of trying: “Despite many efforts and investment to boost college degree attainment, community colleges – which educate about 44 percent of the nation’s low-income students – have yet to make a dent in national graduation rates.”

      Part of the problem, of course, is that these students come out of a broken K-12 system.

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