The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning about Governor Perry and jobs in Texas.
A few bits of information that stand out:
* Since the end of 2000, Texas has gained 1 million jobs (and the nation has lost 1.5 million.)
* Of the 1 million created – 300,000 were government jobs.
* When breaking down the job growth in Texas, employment in the private sector went up 9% while in the public (govt) sector it went up 19%.
….and now due to state budget cuts, the state (govt) employees are facing layoffs.
* Texas is tied with Mississippi for the largest percentage of hourly workers who make the minimum wage or less.
* Texas’ population is 8.1% of total USA population (in the year 2000 it was 7.4%)