But instead of speculating, let's look at the data. The Lookout used jobs data compiled by the Department of Labor to determine which industries have gained jobs in Texas since June 2009. Here's what we found:
• Roughly 39,000 out of the 302,000 new jobs created in Texas since the recovery began -- or 13 percent -- were in government. And 82 percent of those new government jobs were in local government. Texas's public sector has expanded by more than 2 percent in the past two years -- very nearly as fast as its private sector.
• Another 39,500 -- just over 13 percent -- were in oil and gas extraction, or in support activities for mining, a category that includes oil-field services companies.
• Even more -- 78,000, or 26 percent -- were in home health-care services or "ambulatory health-care services," while an additional 64,000, or 21 percent, were in "administrative and support services". Another 43,000, or 14 percent, were in "employment services."
• And 24,000, or 7.9 percent, were in "food services and drinking places" -- restaurants and bars, essentially.
Together, those categories account for nearly 95 percent of the new jobs created in Texas.
The manufacturing sector, which nationwide has seen renewed growth in recent years[yahoo.com], has lost 1,800 jobs in Texas over the same period.
Are we counting manufacturing as putting parts together, or as making stuff from scratch and/or other products?
The vast majority of oil support services make products or process other products into their final form.
I'd call that manufacturing, and there is plenty of that.
If you look at all the folks on welfare and/or SSI, I don't think most of their lives are really that bad. The essentials of life are provided, housing, food, and gov't medical care. I do hope and work hard so my children will be productive and useful people when they grow up but I can see how folks end up on the dole. One bad accident and no disability insurance and you're on SSI.
So its better to be a slave to a govt master who throws you a few scraps you can barely survive on? Gotcha.
When you are in the system, you don't see anything else. You get free cell and home phone, you get gov't housing, food stamps, and medicaid (or medicare). Why strive to have more? The gov't is your provider, not you. I do think it's sad that some folks fraud the system when they could be working. If you are truly needy or disabled, I want my tax dollars to assist you.
so its better to be a slave to a private master who throws you a few scraps you can barely survive on? gotcha.
Better to take personal responsability for ones own life, and make your own way in this world, than to be dependent on others tax dollars, handed out by our government.
Of course there are those who are truely needed, and who can't help themselves.
Those people should be taken care of.
The ones who choose to take government handouts, when they are of able body and mind, deserve nothing.
If they aren't willing to take care of themselves, let them die.
I have no sympathy for those sorts of people.
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