Where the jobs are

posted at 5:31 pm on July 13, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

The nation’s economic “recovery” continues to stagger along in fits and jags, with some months being better than others and a lot of unanswered questions in terms of the quality of the jobs that are being created. But not all the news has been dismal. There is also unevenness in the hiring landscape regionally, and some places have been doing considerably better than others. One metric for seeing how this is playing out is provided by The Business Journals and their current ranking of 45 governors based on their job creation record. Five governors who were sworn in this year were not rated, as not enough data has been reported and accumulated yet.

There seems to be more than a few hints in this data which could lead to some interesting conclusions. Let’s start off by looking at who came in at the top five on the list. (The links on each name will take you to job creation details for each governor. The rest are available at the link.)

1. Jack Dalrymple (R-North Dakota)
2. Rick Perry (R-Texas)
3. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
4. Bill Haslam (R-Tennessee)
5. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana)

You can probably pick up a few consistent themes with only a quick glance at that list. First, these are all red states with Republican governors. (Duh.) The top two are energy producers, where the government has moved aggressively to employ new technology to expand America’s domestic production potential. Louisiana probably benefits from the continued recovery from natural disasters, returning population and a lot of rebuilding, in addition to fairly sound fiscal management. And they are all states which have worked to foster a business (and job) friendly tax environment since the meltdown a few years ago.

Tennessee was something of a puzzler to me, though the results are undeniable. Since taking office in 2011, TN Governor Bill Haslam has seen an increase of roughly 150,000 jobs from the approximately 2.2 million jobs in the state when he was sworn in. I tend to think of the Volunteer State being very heavy in tourism jobs for the urban areas, with some level of agricultural activity in the rural zones, so it was a bit surprising to see them doing so well during a stagnant economic period.

So who came in at the bottom?

41. Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania)
42. Lincoln Chafee (D-Rhode Island)
43. (tie) Paul LePage (R-Maine)
43. (tie) Susana Martinez (R-New Mexico)
45. Matthew Mead (R-Wyoming)

Well, four of those five were Republicans too, so there’s another perfectly good theory shot to H. E. Double toothpicks. I was particularly surprised to see Pennsylvania on that end of the list, given the boom in shale drilling they’ve experienced there over the last few years. But that really only benefits the center of the state, (“Pennsyltucky” as it’s known) and may not be providing enough of a surge to overcome the collapse in the cities. There’s nothing anecdotal about the other four which jumps out at me immediately, but perhaps some of you more familiar with the details in those states can chime in.


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Where the jobs are

…WHERE?

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

…nope!…not again!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

…once a day is enough!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

…people get pi##ed off about the dandiest things!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Not again…

Electrongod on July 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

…comments deleted!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Sorry Koolaid….

Electrongod on July 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Texas!!!

KCB on July 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

With so many democrat voters on the dole do jobs matter anymore?

alanstern on July 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

It needs to be pointed out that these rankings are based on private sector job growth.

That isn’t made clear in the thread but is pretty damned important a detail which goes far in explaining the Republicans in the cellar. Especially in those states where you’ve got the Demonrats doing the bidding of the SEIU and NEA

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Well an alternative theory on the bottom five, most, being “R” is look at the states.

41. Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania)
42. Lincoln Chafee (D-Rhode Island)
43. (tie) Paul LePage (R-Maine)
43. (tie) Susana Martinez (R-New Mexico)
45. Matthew Mead (R-Wyoming)

I don’t what’s wrong in Wyoming, but the others are states that are either Blue (RI, PA) or aspiring to be “Blue” (MA, NM) And by “Blue” I mean WR Meade “Blue”-unionized, intellectual, “Progressive.” Taos is killing NM.

The Republicans, in MA, and PA are the response to the Long-Standing “Blue” Status and the decline of the Blue Model. These Governors simply haven’t had the time to “turn the boat” around, in the case of PA I don’t think you can, but hope springs eternal.

Chafee is merely overseeing the death throes of the Blue Model, Martinez is about to see what happens when the “Creative Classes-i.e., smelly hippies can actually do TO a state.

I assume that Wyoming is suffering from the War on Coal, the War on the West, and doesn’t have a lot of shale gas or the amounts it has are on Federal lands.

JFKY on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

It takes more than just a governor; it takes a legislature willing to go along. If you have a blue legislature reform is difficult. I believe the top 5 have both GOP Govs and Legislatures.

KW64 on July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Sorry Koolaid….

Electrongod on July 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

…that’s ok…I wasn’t going again…I wasn’t earlier today…I was looking for you!…no one was around!
Can you imagine I upset OC?…JugEars makes people grumpy!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

The jobs: government jobs.

nazo311 on July 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Its surprising to see multiple R governors at the bottom of the list. Maybe its time for them to take a few tips from the top 5.

tommy71 on July 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

JFKY on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Beat me to it and did a better job as well.

KW64 on July 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

JFKY on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Beat me to it and did a better job as well.

KW64 on July 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

…yes!…nice job JFKY!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Good to see Perry and Jindal up there. Keep the powder dry, Govs.

tommy71 on July 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I moved to Tennessee 10 years ago and we have finally gotten “Rs” in control across the state. Add in that this state is another one without any state income tax. As a person raised in upstate NY, the weather here in the NE corner is very moderate (very few days above 90 and small amounts of snow yearly). Outside of the four urban areas (Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga), the state is rural and conservative. We just need to replace Alexander and Corker.

ny59giants on July 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

There are other more important factors rather than politics behind economic success. San Francisco is run by lunatics but the economy here is booming.

lexhamfox on July 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Bars, strip joints, motels. 7/11, Walmart, fast food restaurants.

We LOST 240,000 bread winner jobs, Jazz. and have you read the piece on the JOLT numbers over at Zero Hedge?

GASP! DoL has been overstating the jobs numbers by as much as 40%. I was stunned when I read that. I crank about the job propaganda often, but I had no idea just how bad it was.

THERE IS NO RECOVERY.

dogsoldier on July 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Top 5 states, with the exception of La., are either Right to Work states or have weak union labor force.

they lie on July 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

So who came in at the bottom?

41. Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania)
42. Lincoln Chafee (D-Rhode Island)
43. (tie) Paul LePage (R-Maine)
43. (tie) Susana Martinez (R-New Mexico)
45. Matthew Mead (R-Wyoming)

Um, did we lose some states, I thought we had 57, or at least 50?

Flange on July 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Five governors who were sworn in this year were not rated, as not enough data has been reported and accumulated yet.

Makes more sense if I read the whole thing.

Flange on July 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Its not a question of ‘D’ or ‘R’, but economic freedom.

And on that score, PA, RI, ME don’t do well. Not sure what’s going on in WY or NM.

Whether Corbett can turn it around in PA, well, he’s been at it in 4 years and he’s kept the economic freedom from getting worse. But in 4 years he also hasn’t even been able to privatize the liquor market (Alcohol Control Board). That’s right, if you want a bottle of wine in PA, you buy it from the government.

Its also a good lesson that ‘R’ doesn’t mean anything unless it is followed by action on economic freedom. And in PA, the unions have a stranglehold still.

Same is true in ME and RI (which is worst by far, whatever comes next after stranglehold, that’s what is going on there).

Anytime you do this, you should public one of the many economic freedom/tax burden scores alongside it.

PrincetonAl on July 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Impressive for the top 5-however…it would be more impressive to see all the Rs on the top and the Ds on the bottom; that is not the case.

Was curious to get an idea concerning the energy industry, that is, do the states with Dem governors and shale oil manage to blow it while the Rep governors are all over this?


Shale oil boom spreads to Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma, combined output up +46% in 3 years

3. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
6. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado)
21. Mary Fallin (R-Oklahoma)
29. Jan Brewer (R-Arizona)
43. (tie) Susana Martinez (R-New Mexico)
45. Matthew Mead (R-Wyoming)

There just doesn’t seem to be any meaningful correlation here. Hickenlooper (D) is right up there, while all of these other states (R) are in the middle or way down. So, I think this information is a wash.

More interesting to me is that the much touted Scott Walker (R) of Wisconsin ranks #40! What the heck is that about?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

If you have skill set like certified welder, electrician, field engineer or other trade experience, Canada is the place to go. Alberta supposedly has a shortfall of 60,000 skilled craft; unlike the US they are building their infrastructure under their conservative government. I am heading there to extract oil from the tar sands and send it to, ah, China? No Keystone pipeline seems to be in the cards so the branch to the ND oil field is “dead” also. Therefore a company is building four new, small refineries to handle the ND oil. Obama is doing his best to destroy our economy, but so far it is stagnant but not collapsing. Private enterprise has found workarounds so far.

amr on July 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I am heading there to extract oil from the tar sands and send it to, ah, China? No Keystone pipeline seems to be in the cards so the branch to the ND oil field is “dead” also.

amr on July 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I’m pretty sure even with the Keystone pipeline most of it would end up in China. Wouldn’t make sense to flood the market here and drive down prices.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

N.M. Is hampered by both its pretty liberal northern areas, plus the fact that much of the state’s oil and gas drilling — unlike Texas — is at the mercy of the federal government, because the Bureau of Land Management has to approve drilling permits. Seven years ago, NM had more active drilling rigs than the areas across the SE border of the state in Texas; today, that’s reversed, and the active rig total in NM is only slightly higher in 2013 than it was in 2006.

jon1979 on July 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

JFKY on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I think Wyoming is just so far from everywhere and such a harsh winter climate that it has trouble competing. the costs of moving goods manufactured there is too high to make up for any type of positive business environment. in this ranking its 20 but had fell 4 spots from previous year.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Um, did we lose some states, I thought we had 57, or at least 50?

Flange on July 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

five states weren’t included due to governors being too new on job.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Pennsylvania’s problem is that the big cities are controlled by tax and spend democrats and unions, both of which conspire to undermine any plan trying to limit spending, taxes, or unions. The governor and the republican legislature have really wasted a golden opportunity to reel in unions, increase income from fracking, and lower taxes.

Mr. Curly on July 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Abobo’s theory:

Rhode Island and Maine continue to suffer under federal strangulation of commerical fisheries.

New Mexico is losing the technology edge once housed in SantaFe/Albaquerque to other states, like Utah.

Wyoming has a restrictively small population that naturally limits the number of jobs that can be created while also exacerbating the effects of regional outmigration.

Pennslyvania is home to Philly and borders south Jersey, nothing else needs to be said.

abobo on July 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

“I don’t what’s wrong in Wyoming,”
Dont think anythings wrong. Wyoming is already at 4.5% unemployment.

robertb on July 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

The top two are energy producers, where the government has moved aggressively to employ new technology to expand America’s domestic production potential.

That should read “where the state governments have moved aggressively”.

rokemronnie on July 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I was particularly surprised to see Pennsylvania on that end of the list, given the boom in shale drilling they’ve experienced there over the last few years.

I live in “Pennsyltucky” in a small town. The oil companies aren’t hiring many locals. They bring in crews from out of state. I see a lot of trucks with Texas plates.

Paul the American on July 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM

1. Jack Dalrymple R-(North Dakota)
2. Rick Perry (R-Texas)
3. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
4. Bill Haslam (R-Tennessee)
5. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana)

Oh my goodness-those places must be just stuffed with elite over-educated liberals to provide success like that…

Don L on July 14, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Desperately looking for tech jobs in Texas, and not just for employment either…suffice it to say distance from the family is not always a good thing.

MelonCollie on July 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

said good, meant bad.

MelonCollie on July 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

JFKY on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Maine is ME, not MA (which is Massachusetts). I had a heck of a time trying to decode your comment because of this (not that I should have bothered).

MJBrutus on July 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

It is great to see Calfornia check into the Top 10 on this survey. We are the 800 lb gorilla in terms of population and wealth, and having California come back strong is going to help the economy on a national basis

ak90049 on July 14, 2013 at 3:11 PM

China

trs on July 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM