- Over 23 years, Texas’ population soared from 17 million to 26.4 million.
- In fact, between 2000 and 2010, Texas added nearly 4.3 million residents – almost the entire population of Kentucky!
- Texas employment grew 24.9% from 2000-2013, while the rest of the country grew only 4.7%.
- By 2013, Texas employment had risen to 12,138,501 jobs from 1990’s 7.96 million jobs.
- In 2013, the total number of single-family housing permits more than doubled what it was in 1990.
- Since 2006, Texas has led the nation in single-family home building permits.
- Chief Executive Magazine has named Texas the best state for business – for ten years in a row!
- According to Forbes, 5 out of the top 10 cities with the most jobs in America are in Texas.
LOCAL TEXAS FACTS
- Brewster County is the largest county in Texas at four times the size of Rhode Island.
- Houston received the first words spoken from the Moon.
- Austin is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony.
RECOVERY, TEXAS STYLE
- During the recession, we lost 4% of our jobs. Today, not only do we have them back, we’ve added another 900,000 jobs beyond that.
- Meanwhile, 32 states haven’t recovered the jobs they lost during the recession.
- With about 8% of the U.S. population, our state created nearly 1/3 of new jobs in the country’s highest-paid positions between 2002 and 2011.
- Between 2000 and 2013, Texas employment grew 24.9% while employment growth in the rest of the country was just 4.7%.
EDUCATION & JOB TRAINING
- By January of 2015, we will have granted nearly $27 million to the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) equipment fund, which will train a total of about 69,000 Texans.
- On average, each trained individual will get an estimated $22,000 increase in his or her annual salary.
WHY IS TEXAS SO GREAT?
- Texas has a Rainy Day Fund in case of unexpected problems with over $6 billion in it. It has earned over $700 million in interest since its inception.
- Texas has no state income tax.
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