Jared Bernstein Points to Government Jobs in TexasPosted: August 23, 2011
When [Perry] announced his candidacy for President the other day, he growled that his goal as president would be to make Washington “as inconsequential in your lives as I can.”
Except when it comes to job creation. Over the last few years, government jobs have been awfully consequential in Texas: 47% of all government jobs added in the US between 2007 and 2010 were added in Texas.
The private sector has been shedding jobs since 2007, like in virtually every state, but government has added a considerable amount of jobs. The point is not that Texas is awful, it’s that it hasn’t been immune to recession. Claims of a Texas Miracle are overstated. One can hope that it’s not just the blogosphere that points out the ridiculousness of the claim.
More on Rick Perry in the New Yorker from Lawrence Wright