News for Texas Lobbyists: From the Governor’s Website: Texas Leads Nation in Job Growth
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest study data. We are pleased to note that 5 Texas cities are among the top 6 cities in our nation for job growth between 2004 and 2011.
Austin has the top position. Following Austin are – in order – Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Dallas. Governor Rick Perry issued the following statement:
“Texas continues to be a national example for job creation thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulatory environment, fair legal system and skilled workforce,” Gov. Perry said. “Our commitment to these priorities has helped make Texas the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
The United States BLS releases its monthly employment figures based on data from the Current Employment Statistics Program. From the CESP website:
“This news release presents statistics from two major surveys, the Current Population Survey (CPS; household survey) and the Current Employment Statistics survey (CES; establishment survey). The household survey provides information on the labor force, employment, and unemployment that appears in the “A” tables, marked HOUSEHOLD DATA. It is a sample survey of about 60,000 eligible households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).”
Texas’ climb to the top of the nation for jobs has not escaped the notice of other states. More states are beginning to look at the Texas model and emulate us in hopes of similar success. Florida Governor Rick Scott said that he has his sites set on the Lone Star state and is determined to take our position at the top of the list.
We’re doing the right thing in Florida,” Scott said, citing a national magazine that ranked Florida as the second-best state in which to do business. With a combination of low taxes and high quality of life, Scott said he hopes to catch Texas and Gov. Rick Perry by next year. Every day I think about how we’re going to beat Gov. Perry. I call him every couple of weeks to tell him we’re going to do it,” he said.
The Texas success story comes from a combination of low taxes, predictable regulation, fair courts, and a willing and able workforce. The New York Times recently conceded that the Texas model of business is the future for our nation. To keep us on the top, Governor Perry has introduced the Texas Budget Compact, designed to enforce truth in budgets and spending limits.