I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen tweets, blog posts, and local MSM calling Gov. Perry a “disaster” for Texas. Which makes me think they are 1) intellectually dishonest, 2) don’t know what the word “disaster” means, 3) blinded by partisan hatred, or 3) have their heads up their asses.
Because by just about any measurable standard, as compared to other states in this great nation, Texas comes out on top. Especially economically. Consider this recent report from The Business Journals that touts the fact that Texas added 732,800 private sector jobs in the last 10 years while no other state added even 100,000.
There’s really no way to read that and think “disaster.”
Texas has enjoyed an unequaled economic boom the past 10 years.
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.
No other state registered an increase of more than 100,000 private-sector jobs during the decade. Only 19 states and the District of Columbia posted any gains at all.
See the bottom of this story for a state-by-state breakdown of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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.
California suffered the biggest decline during the decade. It had 623,700 fewer private-sector jobs last month than it did a decade ago. Michigan was next with a 10-year loss of 619,200 positions.
Which would explain the fact that of the last 5 homes that have sold on my block, 3 of them had California plates, 1 had Massachusetts (ranked 44th) plates, and the other moved from central Travis County to far west Travis County to get away from the hippies, hipsters, and Liberal nut jobs.