Is Governor Perry a job creator? Here are some statistics

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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%)