Liberals are very excited that Texas Governor Rick Perry decided not to run for a full fourth term. But a closer examination of jobs number shows that if not for Perry, Obama’s job record would be a worse joke than what it already is.
From the start of February 2009 (Obama’s first full month in office) through the end of May 2013 (the last month there is available Federal data for jobs per state) the United States had a net gain of 2,076,000 jobs. In the same time, Texas had a net gain of 882,582 jobs. In other words, 43% of the net job gains since Obama’s first full month in office are from Texas. This is a major success for Perry considering that his State has less than 7% of the overall U.S. population.
Those jobs numbers are from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics so there is no room for the Left to argue that the Texas numbers are no good. And the breakdown is as follows:
11,082,548 were employed in Texas at the start of February 2009. The number rose to 11,965,130 at the end of May 2013; a net gain of 882,582 jobs. Nationwide, 133,631,000 (133.63 million) were employed at the start of February 2009, and the number rose to 135.7 million at the end of May; a growth of 2.076 million jobs.
Indeed, Texas is the second largest in terms of the U.S. population but with 26 million people it is as written above less than 7% of the overall U.S. population but – again – 43% of Obama’s job growth.
Democrats may try to claim that it’s not fair to count Obama’s first year in office on his watch because he inherited a mess from Bush. Well, in this case I guess the 3.7 million jobs added in Carter’s first year is the credit of Ford. Right? and the 2.5 million jobs added in Bill Clinton’s first year is the credit of Bush Senior. Right? And the 1.7 million jobs lost in Bush’s first year is the fault of Clinton. Right?
UPDATE: Texas has 8.4% of the U.S. population.
A direct link to the nationwide data does not work so here are directions how to get there:
2) Scroll down to CES Databases and click on the yellow multi screen option.
3) click on seasonally adjusted and then Next
4) click on total nonfarm and then Next
5) click on All Employees, Thousands and then next
6) click on Total nonfarm and then Next
7) click on the data available there and next
8) you have arrived. The numbers in that chart are total nonfarm employees the United States had each month. The monthly “jobs reports” that we hear about every four weeks, changes the numbers in the chart.