BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met in Beijing on Wednesday with Texas Governor Rick Perry of the United States, calling for closer cooperation between Texas and China's local governments.
Gov. Perry is in Tokyo promoting stronger economic ties between Texas and Japan. Japan is already one of Texas' largest trading partners and Gov. Perry told members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan today there is room for that partnership to grow.
Inspired by a similar chart in yesterday’s Investor’s Business Daily (see below) that accompanied an op-ed by Vance Ginn titled “Texas Is A Real Model For Economic Opportunity,” I present the chart above showing the percent changes in total civil employment between December 2007 (when the recession started) and July 2014 for: a) Texas (blue line) and b) the US minus Texas.
What state is adding technology jobs at the greatest rate? My guess would have been Washington, where Seattle has become a center for cloud computing. Giant enterprise software maker Oracle announced last week that it would base its new cloud technology center there. Mammoth online retailer Amazon, of course, has its headquarters in Seattle, and its web services are based there. Azure, Microsoft’s cloud business, is in the area, as is Google’s, and data services provider Century Link has cloud operations in the city after buying information security software outfit Tier 3 in 2013.