Email, Jason Abrevaya, professor of Economics and chairman, Department of Economics, University of Texas, May 9, 2013

4:47 pm

...I think that those numbers are accurate.   Using those dates (2003 to 2013), you do get about 1/3 of the net job change in Texas (1.75 million in TX vs 5.3 million nationwide).  (If TX were performing at the average nationwide from 2003 to 2013, we would expect for TX to account for roughly 8% (rather than 1/3) of the net job change since that's the share of jobs within TX.) ...