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Government jobs key part of Texas growth

Texas is getting a lot of attention for its job growth, particularly now that its governor, Rick Perry, is running for president. But the Wall Street Journal reported that one of the biggest drivers of job growth in Texas has been government, which added 301,000 jobs during the past decade. Local government jobs in Texas rose by 225,000, with 169,000 of those jobs related to education. Another big driver of jobs was the oil and gas industry, which has surged because of rising world crude prices and new "fracking" techniques. Meanwhile, employment in manufacturing declined during the past decade, and many of the new private-sector jobs are "low-wage and without benefits; according to federal data, the state is tied with Mississippi for the largest percentage of hourly workers who make minimum wage or less, at 9.5 percent."