Per Capita Gov't Workers Declined as Perry's Texas Created 1M New Jobs, Says BLS Data

August 21, 2011 - 3:01 PM

Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he is running for president at the RedState Gathering in Charleston, S.C. (AP photo/Gerry Broome)

(CNSNews.com) - Since Rick Perry became governor of Texas, the number of government workers per capita has marginally declined in the state as private-sector employers created 73.5 percent of the more than 1 million additional jobs now found in the state, according to data published by the Census Bureau and Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Between December 2000 when Perry became governor (replacing George W. Bush who had been elected president) and July 2011, the latest month on record, the number of nonfarm civilian employees in Texas grew from approximately 9,563,500 to 10,619,800, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That means approximately 1,056,300 new nonfarm civilian jobs have been created in Texas during the time Perry has been governor.

That contrasts with a national decline in jobs of approximately 1,295,000 during the same period, according to BLS data.

Of the 1,056,300 new nonfarm civilian jobs created in Texas since December 2000, according to the BLS, 280,400 have been government jobs (including local, state and federal jobs) and 775,900 have been private-sector jobs. That means 73.5 percent of the new jobs created in Texas since Perry became governor have been private-sector jobs.

Meanwhile, from the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Texas grew from 20,851,818 to 25,145,561. The 1,574,700 civilian government workers in Texas in December 2000 (as reported by BLS) equaled one government worker for every 13.2417 people in the state. The 1,855,100 civilian government workers in Texas in July 2011 equaled one government worker for every 13.5548 people in the state.

That means the number of people per government worker in Texas has increased by about a third of a person (0.313) since Perry became governor.

(To see the state-by-state, sector-by-sector BLS job statistics for December 2000 click here. To see the state-by-state, sector-by-sector BLS job statistics for July 2011 click here.)

Nationally, while the overall number of nonfarm civilian jobs has dropped by 1,295,000 since December 2000, the number of government jobs nationwide has jumped during the same period by approximately 1,230,000, according to BLS data.

One of the lead stories in this Sunday’s Washington Post was headlined: “Perry criticizes government while Texas job growth benefits from it.”

“Perry says the ‘Texas miracle’ rests on conservative pillars that he would bring to the White House: minimal regulation and government, low taxes and a determination to limit the reach of Uncle Sam,” says the Post article. “What he does not say is that much of that job growth has come because of government, not in spite of it.”

In fact, as BLS data indicates, since Perry became governor Texas has added 775,900 private-sector jobs--and decreased the number of government workers per capita--while the nation as a whole has lost 1,295,000 jobs.