Under Rick Perry, government jobs in Texas are up while private-sector jobs are down

Anderson Cooper of CNN does a pretty good job of debunking some of Rick Perry’s political rhetoric:




  1. If you read this you may think otherwise.


    Common sense would tell you that with people flocking to Texas the public sector would need to increase support those new citizens. This guy does the math and contradicts many of the MSM’s talking points. He also claims he is no fan of Rick

  2. Wilson: I don’t see anything in that stuff to which you linked that refutes the points made in my headline. Nor, of course, does it have anything to do with the points made by Anderson Cooper about Perry denouncing the stimulus bill while he uses the money therefrom to help with his state budget.

  3. The headline in the video says Texas job creation a myth and Goverment jobs are up and public sector are down.

    I suppose you agree with Ed shultz and the meaning of the “black cloud” too.

    “As you can see, Texas isn’t just the fastest growing… it’s growing over twice as fast as the second fastest state and three times as fast as the third. Given that Texas is (to borrow a technical term) f***ing huge, this growth is incredible.

    People are flocking to Texas in massive numbers. This is speculative, but it *seems* that people are moving to Texas looking for jobs rather than moving to Texas for a job they already have lined up. This would explain why Texas is adding jobs faster than any other state but still has a relatively high unemployment rate.”

    And it turns out that the opposite is true. Since the recession started hourly wages in Texas have increased at a 6th fastest pace in the nation.

    Texas median hourly wage is $15.14… almost exactly in the middle of the pack (28th out of 51 regions

    Counting from the beginning of the recession (December 2007) the Texas public sector has grown 3.8%, or a little under 70,000 employees. This is faster than normal employment, but it’s not off the charts.”

    “Given that the Texas economy has grown so much and private sector jobs have grown so much, that doesn’t strike me as an unsustainable growth in the public sector.

    But, just in case you’re really worried about it, you can lay your fears to rest because in the last year the Texas public sector has shrunk by 26,000 jobs. In the last 12 months, Texas lost 31,300 federal employees, trimmed 3,800 state jobs, and increased local government jobs by 8,400 jobs.”

    And he backs it all up with numbers

  4. Wilson: I’m talking about the headline on this post, not the headline on the video.

  5. Yea?
    “In the last 12 months, Texas lost 31,300 federal employees, trimmed 3,800 state jobs, and increased local government jobs by 8,400 jobs.”

    “Texan construction employment has contracted by 2.3% since the end of the recession, along with manufacturing (a 1.8% decline) and information (-8.4%). But growth in other areas has surpassed these losses. Professional and business services accounted for 22.9% of the total jobs added, health care for 30.5% and trade and energy for 10.6%.”

    Thats 64% of the jobs created.

    “The inventory of private-sector jobs in Texas increased by 732,800 between April 2001 and the same month this year, according to an On Numbers analysis of new federal employment data. …

    Texas avoided the real-estate bust that decimated the economies of several large Sunbelt states, including California and Florida, during the 2008-2010 recession. It consequently was positioned for a faster takeoff once the national economy began improving, allowing it to create 251,700 new jobs in the past year alone.

    The runners-up to Texas in private-sector growth were Arizona and Utah, which added 90,200 and 90,000 jobs respectively, during the decade from 2001 to 2011.”

    (Illinois was in the bottom 5)

    Cooper, didn’t he originate the tea b@gger moniker?

  6. shawnnews

    Wilson is almost right about Cooper.
    This conservative video from National Review shows how the Teabag term got twisted. The Tea Party movement was going to send out tea bags to the White House to protest the stimulus spending and unify themselves with the boston tea party. People in the movement called it teabagging the White House. However, it also has some sort of sexual connotation you can look up. Anderson Cooper knew this and pointed it out on TV. So the double meaning of the word has been used to taunt Tea Party members who unwittingly made the term themselves while planning a protest to mail teabags to the White House.

  7. People coming to Texas are bringing money along with them. They spend it, increasing demand for the product and services that they are purchasing. That demand creates jobs. That’s the way the economy works. If they were coming for jobs, the unemployment rate would be low. It is not. They are coming to Texas for other reasons, creating demand, and hence jobs.

  8. So Jerry, if it isn’t jobs what reasons are there? You make a claim and then have nothing to support it.
    If they don’t come there to work, won’t the money run out?
    Ahh, that is why some are saying public jobs are increasing all to support the freeloaders coming to Texas after their money runs out.
    I remember way back people would go to Wisconsin because the welfare benefits far exceeded Illinois. So is that the reason they are moving to Texas?

    Come on Jerry canb you’all do some more splaining?

  9. Read about it here, Wilson.

  10. Check my link from #1

    Say a state lost a million jobs, but the workforce went down by two million people leaving the state, the chart would show +1,000,000 jobs.


    “Shockingly, it appears that workers and business owners from states like Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania are leaving their home states in search of work. And where are they going? TEXAS.

    So while liberals‘ statistics aren’t technically incorrect, they obviously reflect seriously obscure and illogical ways of looking at Texas‘ jobs market and Rick Perry’s record as governor. It just goes to show that statistics can be tricky things when it comes to politics and you need to look past the talking points to get the full truth.

    The folks at Think Progress and the Center for American Progress should probably stick to the advice of “Political Math” blogger Matthias Shapiro. Although Shapiro is admittedly no fan of Perry’s, he’s done his homework and sees the writing on the wall:

    My advice to anti-Perry advocates is this: Give up talking about Texas jobs. Texas is an incredible outlier among the states when it comes to jobs. Not only are they creating them, they’re creating ones with higher wages.”

    Progressive nonsense, Center for American Progress.

    ” It is a Washington, DC-based liberal think tank created and led by President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Podesta, the head of Barack Obama’s presidential transition team after the 2008 election and former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton”
    No agenda what so ever.

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