Since the Great Recession started in 2008, employment has fallen along with the Labor Participation rate. It is only in the last 2 months that employment has gotten back to pre-recession levels for the US as a whole.
But, contrast two oil rich states: “Saudi” Texas and the anti-energy California. California still has 7.3% unemployment, and people & businesses are fleeing the socialist level over-regulation. In Texas, employment never fell below pre-recessionary levels, and in the last year, provided fully 1/6 of all new US employment – over 420,000 new jobs in the last year!
Please read on for the story of the Texas Miracle. (Bob Shapiro)
(Reblogged from the American Enterprise Institute)
The chart above shows a most amazing economic phenomenon: Since
December 2007 when the Great Recession started, Texas civilian employment has increased by 12.4% and by more than 1.36 million jobs, from just over 11 million jobs in December 2007 to 12.37 million in October of this year (see blue line in chart). In contrast, civilian employment in the other 49 states without Texas is still 0.26% and more than 350,000 jobs below the December 2007 level (see red line in chart) — there were 134.9 million non-Texas jobs in October vs. 135.26 million in December 2007.
It’s also important to note that while job growth in Texas slowed considerably in 2008 and 2009 due to the recession, the level of civilian employment in Texas never fell below its pre-recessionary, December 2007 level. Also, while Texas was able to actually increase jobs slightly even during the depths of the recession in 2008 and 2009, the US labor market minus Texas