In the new year, Texans don’t have look too far back into 2012 and it’s lousy economy to get a glimpse of the lousy economy that awaits them in 2013. The states’ government will continue to promote the state as the fastest growing state in the country, both in population and job growth, but at what price.
Four years of dire straits, urgencies and too much drama on the national level has spurred economic growth for the state, but as the case with growth, especially new growth, some will be left behind and that’s the problem plaguing the state. Those that’s left behind.
Last year, too many Texans had more than a few sleepless nights, troublesome days and weekends filled with prayers. The job outlook for the state last year and this year is not good enough to satisfy the average, everyday Texas worker, who’s still worried about that last paycheck.
The last census reported that Texas added some 421,000 to it’s population and as such, that signaled increases in job growth and taxes. It’s also reported that the state replaced, but not created, all of the 427,600 jobs lost during the last recession(TTE).
In the mind’s eye of reality, that would represent stagnation, not growth, but then, there’s something lurking deep beneath the surface of all those jobs recovered. That something is what state legislators will have to deal with before the state becomes the laughing stock of the country.
On the national level, the work force got thinner, thus creating shrinking unemployment numbers. In Texas, the work force is stagnated and that creates the highest level of poverty in the country, but with lower unemployment numbers.
Texas will still be the leader in population and job growth 2013, but it will also continue to lead the country in it’s poverty rate, which is affecting only native Texans and that’s not good for the state and it’s reputation, especially when you consider the ways and means the state goes through to attract outside businesses and workers(ABC.local).
Texas has to actually create jobs in order to have bragging rights. It can’t continue to replace jobs and sideline it’s residents for the sake of outsiders and call it progress(RT).