“So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” Clinton said. “And his whole campaign, ‘Make America Great Again,’ was looking backwards.”
Of course, that is Hillary Clinton speaking.
But it is not quite accurate. Rather than looking backwards, some red state counties show the most dynamic growth in hiring in the U.S.
A report on Market Watch indicates that of the ten U.S. counties that have shown biggest increases in hiring, the majority are not in Mrs. Clinton’s blue states. It is a fascinating list: Midland, Texas is top with 11.5 percent growth, followed by Utah County in Utah (6 percent); Montgomery in Texas (5.9 percent); Calcasieu in Louisiana (5.8 Percent);Elkhardt in Indiana (5.4 percent);Weld in Colorado (5.2 percent); Rutherford in Tennessee (5.2 percent); Adams in Colorado (5.1 percent); Clark in Washington (4.8 percent) and Yakima, also in Washington (4.8).
What are the two most obvious traits of most of these high-growth counties? Low taxes and energy production. Market Watch notes:
More Americans work in or near Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City than any other U.S. metro area, but that’s not where the fastest job growth is. For that look to states with low taxes and those that produce fuel for your car and home.
The biggest increase in employment last year took place in Midland, Texas, an area between El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio. Hiring in Midland county jumped 11.5% vs. the national average of 1.5%.
Washington state, which boasts two high-growth counties, is a blue state, but it is not a high tax state, having no state income tax. It has a mix of of high-tech and manufacturing.
Not a single county in the east made the count. The last one to do so was Brooklyn, New York in the third quarter of last year.
So it looks like the red states aren’t nearly as backwards as a certain politician repeatedly has charged.