Rick Perry's Texas jobs boom: The whole story
August 12th, 2011
09:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Rick Perry's Texas jobs boom: The whole story

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Texas has created a lot of jobs over the 10 years that Rick Perry's been governor - there's no doubt about it.

Perry, who is formally launching his presidential candidacy on Saturday, is making his state's economic prowess a centerpiece of his campaign. Already he's been bragging about his state being the "epicenter of job growth."


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    If Perry is so GREAT
    Why wasn't he in the DEBATE

    August 12, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. steph in TX

    Oh yes. we are the epicenter of o low wage jobs, low educational ranking, and high teenage birth rates. Perry is a joke!

    August 12, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Motoman

    Are not the American people a little tired of politicians coming out of Texas? We got drilled by Bush. Do we really want another Texan as president?

    August 12, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    Hooray! Somebody is digging. Kudos to Tami Luhby. "The truth will set you free!
    Here's another little nugget for "investigating reporting". Perry says he lowered property taxes. Well, he did and he
    didn't. While some rates were lowered, guess what, property values were increased more than 10% in each year
    of 2006 and 2007. Can't look them all up. Added to that was the provision that School Boards had the option of
    raising maintenance and operations rates, which most did.
    Our personal property taxes have gone up 120% since 1995. Something doesn't add up, and guess who did the
    "fuzzy math".
    Beware oh ye of blind faith!

    August 12, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. SecedingfromTexas

    PS: Texas Property taxes will no doubt go up again this year to cover the shortfall and the layoff of teachers, etc.
    AND, if Perry says he balanced the budget and "saved" the rainy day fund, hogwash. Through accounting
    manipulation, delaying payments on bills due in 2013 to 2014, no plans for a growing population, and re-writing
    school funding laws, well, I guess the budget is balanced. Our budgets are exploding, thank you very much.

    August 12, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. larry

    I can't say for sure but i'll bet those jobs he created don't pay well enough to raise an average fanmily of four, cause all you ever hear are jobs in texas but never wht kind

    August 12, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. Benefacio

    his pathetic character cannot make up his mind whether he wants to be a third rate televangelist or a fourth rate politician. Whichever, he is about 90 degrees from the mainstream in this country and nothing more than a regressive hack. Where are the GOP statesmen? It makes you yearn for the days of IKE.

    August 12, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Goober

    If it is true about jobs in Texas, I guess that jobs are not everything. You still have to live with people like this miscreant.

    August 12, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. J.V.hodgson

    I see, he added what was it 250,000 minimum wage jobs while the working population increased by 4m so that means unemployment grew by 3,750,000 in Texas alone. We can all play with numbers.
    The real stat is what was the Unemployment ratio in 2009 January and what is now? His so called economic cred then disappears fast. this stae is not representative they get so much income from Big oil its ridiculuos.

    August 12, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Randy Males

    I'm not from Texas but it is a well known fact the Texas as a whole has not felt the impact of the Obama Depression like the 49 States in America. That's because the state of Texas has fought a very tough battle making sure they do whats best Texas. Gov Perry has managed Texas and actually done quiet well compared to the rest of the country. Compared to how Obama has done Obama would receive a D- while Gov Perry would receive a B+. While the nation has lost millions of job on a national scale Texas has created jobs on a steady bases and kept a much lower unemployment rate. This something to consider. Like the very wise man always says don't tell men how smart you are show me!

    August 12, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. TB

    So...I guess if Perry gets himself elected, there will be PLENTY of $7.25 an hour minimun wage jobs for EVERYBODY! That is, of course, until Perry and his teabagger friends ram an "Abolish the Minimum Wage" bill through Congress and he signs it into law. Then there will be plenty of sweatshop slave labor positions for EVERYBODY. But hey, at least the unemployment issue would be...er ummmmm, "resolved"...wouldn't it?

    August 13, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  12. TEW

    Perry and those that share his vision want to transform America into China. Workers making a substandard wage, living in dorms, no healthcare. Corporations and Wall-street making huge profits whle American workers struggle to get by. No funding for education while our infastructure crumbles beneath our feet. The one important issue yet to be addressed is the care of our vets returing from war. With all the proposed cuts to government programs how are we as a nation ar e going to tackle the huge task fo caring for our vets? I know farm these wounded warriors out to the private sector medical facilities where they will be subject to rationed care. Obamacare is the "safety net" for all Americans. Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP clowns want to dismantle the safety nets. We will see repeat of the events of 1931 when our vets camped out on the Captial to demand their wages from WWI only to be run off by McArther, Eisenhower. Americans wake up and realize you have a Prez that is looking out for the middle class!!

    August 13, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Gee, funds from the "failed" 2009 Stimulus have dried up. Perry needs to cut the budget by $12 billion, which will cost 100,000 jobs or more. The Stimulus saved 100,000+ jobs for two years, and Perry didn't prepare his state for funds coming to a halt. That, is failure.

    August 13, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    How about that, the libs have a new target to degrade and deman, and of course CNN is leading the way in making sure that the druggies have a place to do it. Why doen't CNN doe some stories about Illinois, the sacred home of the annointed incompetent in the White House and the massive job flight caused by the taxes and corrupt unions there?

    August 13, 2011 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  15. put down the tea

    Wow! If Perry is Prez the whole country gets to look like Mississippi and Texas? We should designate these 2 as third world states for their abysmal record of education and access to healthcare, not to mention the low wages of the average worker. I'm not sure if the Gop are looking for a Prez or a Priest- but an honest study of this man's words and deeds prove he should be neither. Cue the right wingers to tell me how the "dumbocrap libtards" are so hateful. Ah irony- thy name is terry in va.

    August 13, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  16. chris

    America is looking for more than just a bunch of minimum wage jobs being janitors, fast food cashiers, and Wal-Mart greeters. Which is all pretty much Rick Perry's "job boom" is.

    America needs careers, not just jobs.

    August 13, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. diridi

    what an idiot., Education is cut, and thousands of teachers are laid off, all minimum wage jobs, no water, drinking sewage water, well, no health care benefits to these idiotic Minimum Wage earners, Oil companies are flourishing....way to go, idiots, way to go....Idiot Rick Perry...

    August 13, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  18. fmac

    looks like the corporate media is giving up on romney, an an jumping on the perry bus.only two things come from texas, steers an bad president.

    August 13, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The whole story is, he is just another politician......and another good looking guy, that people will find "down home" and likeable.

    The truth is......anyone who would truly be good at the job.........wouldn't want it.

    August 13, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. Marie MD

    If you consider that the secessionist created mostly lower than the minimum wage jobs (aka poverty) then yes, I guess he created jobs.
    I guess his god is telling him to just help the rich. The heck with those others.

    August 13, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. vet in TX

    we still have an 8.2 unemployment rate, Perry is a fruad & texas knows what rhe rest of the country will soon find out, this group of candidates are all frauds & the best chance the GOP has, shot himself in the foot w/ his Iran view & their nucular weapons. the EIB network has already started to devour him.......if this is the best the GOP has to offer.........Obama will soon need to build up his security, insecure tea baggers will get desparate & try to shoot because they realize this group sucks & are frauds and/or jokes

    August 13, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Don't forget – most of the minimum wage jobs filled by the uneducated rednecks also require that you speak Spanish and English. Uneducated people don't even speak proper english - much less spanish - hence, illegals are welcome to come and apply. It's really not very pretty outside the metro areas in Texas. Poverty like you wouldn't believe.

    August 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Just As I Thought

    Be afraid Dems.....soon & very soon your Freebe/Welfare Nanny State ruled by Obambi, will be OVER! To say Rick Perry just serendeptiously became Govenor over a good Economy State, is like saying Patton was just Lucky to be a General over the US Army when we defeated Hitler in WWII. That boat won't float!

    August 13, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |