Texas has enjoyed an unequaled economic boom the past 10 years.
The inventory of private-sector jobs in Texas increased by 732,800 between April 2001 and the same month this year, according to an On Numbers analysis of new federal employment data. No other state registered an increase of more than 100,000 private-sector jobs during the decade.
See the bottom of this story for a state-by-state breakdown of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Texas avoided the real-estate bust that decimated the economies of several large Sunbelt states, including California and Florida, during the 2008-2010 recession. It consequently was positioned for a faster takeoff once the national economy began improving, allowing it to create 251,700 new jobs in the past year alone.
The runners-up to Texas in private-sector growth were Arizona and Utah, which added 90,200 and 90,000 jobs respectively, during the decade from 2001 to 2011. California suffered the biggest decline during the decade. It had 623,700 fewer private-sector jobs last month than it did a decade ago. Michigan was next with a 10-year loss of 619,200 positions.
The following chart shows the private-sector employment trends between 2001 and 2011, as well as the one-year changes from 2010 to 2011. It can be re-sorted by any category.